Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12

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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Aug 8, 2012
    What makes the film involving is that it doesn't depend on the mechanical resolution of the plot, but on the close observation of its effects on these distinctive characters.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jun 29, 2012
    Among other things, Unforgivable is a free-floating meditation on the distresses and exhilarations of being a parent.
  3. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jun 27, 2012
    In his elliptical and somewhat loopy drama about the slipperiness of love at any age, French filmmaker André Téchiné uses the sight of scudding motorboats on the waterways around workaday Venice as a visual reinforcement of time as a river.
  4. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Sep 6, 2012
    For much of the film, Jérémie comes off as sullen, then unsettled, then just creepy. Yet at the end, as he struggles to start over, he engages our pity.
  5. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jun 29, 2012
    Both Venice and Bouquet are photographed to ravishing effect, and like the city, Judith is meant to suggest something trapped into being a fantasy for others.
  6. Reviewed by: Bill Weber
    Jun 26, 2012
    The layered, character-driven drama may subvert expectations of a sunny Venetian noir, but observes its five principal characters with a probing, egalitarian eye.
  7. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Jun 28, 2012
    Téchiné is a restless director, a fastidious storyteller who is not interested in what less adventurous movies have to say about human relationships. He wants to dig deeper, even if the results aren't always clear.
  8. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jul 19, 2012
    Everyone is equal parts emotional victim and villain in Unforgivable, an elegantly rambling Franco-Italian affair about the ways we do each other wrong while trying to do each other right.
  9. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jun 28, 2012
    Unforgivable isn't one of Mr. Téchiné's greatest achievements, but it's engrossing even when its increasingly populated story falters, tripped up by unpersuasive actions, connections and details.
  10. Reviewed by: Stephen Garrett
    Jun 26, 2012
    While Unforgivable stays true to this approach, its disparate souls feel too scattershot to be interwoven into a meaningful narrative tapestry.
  11. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jun 27, 2012
    That seems to be one of the main theses of Unforgivable: that nothing is as dramatic as it appears, and presuming otherwise means risking unnecessary trouble and pain.
  12. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Jun 26, 2012
    It's some kind of monster of romanticized antiromanticism, filleting and exalting its characters, cheating and rewarding its breathless audience. The closest the film gets to a thesis is this shoulder-shrug torpedo: "People do things like that without knowing why."
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  1. Jan 10, 2013
    There appears to be well-crafted elements in service to an intriguing story when this movie starts, but it becomes less engaging and credibleThere appears to be well-crafted elements in service to an intriguing story when this movie starts, but it becomes less engaging and credible as the time goes by. The male lead has no charisma or animation, positively stunning us with boredom whenever he's on screen. The female lead is marginally better, but seems to have no motive for a range of silly acts. Ultimately, though we've peeked around a lot of corners, there is really nothing much to find out. Reasonably pretty view of Venice though. Full Review »