35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum) Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Film Comment Magazine
September 24, 2014
A sort of ballet of emotions, executed with weightless grace and poise.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 13, 2013
Those acquainted only with Claire Denis' more frenetic work will be surprised, and moved, by her contemplative '35 Shots of Rum/35 Rhums.'
July 4, 2010
Denis sees human interactions with an uncommon clarity of vision. Her great talent, as evident as ever in this, one of her greatest films, is her ability to allow an audience to see those relationships in the same quietly revelatory way she does.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.2/10
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 13, 2010
Those who go into it expecting to see a smart character piece and those who are patient will find the well-acted feature rewarding, even emotionally satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
May 1, 2010
The film's placid, minimalist façade masks a complex story
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
May 1, 2010
The overall effect of Denis's movie duplicates that unique and wonderful Ozu effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 19, 2010
The kind of precious quiet film that rarely gets made and is worth savoring for its alluring inner beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
March 12, 2010
A wonder of minimalism, Claire Denis' 35 Shots of Rum...quietly observes the lives of several Africans living in a Paris suburb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Boslaugh
February 12, 2010
...a character-based story told at a human scale by a director (Claire Denis, who also co-wrote the script) who lets the story develop at an unhurried pace...
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Top Critic
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 11, 2010
Claire Denis, an acclaimed French director, makes films that defy the rules of Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 28, 2010
If every film about simple, quotidian issues was this daring in its execution... world cinema would be in a much healthier place.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Top Critic
Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
January 26, 2010
It's a beautiful picture but very quietly so, and definitely not for the ADHD set.
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 22, 2010
Modest in scope but very sure, Rum goes down smoothly indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 22, 2010
Celebrated French filmmaker Claire Denis is a master of atmosphere and immersion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
January 22, 2010
These people feel one hundred percent real, as well-written and completely defined as those living in the apartment next door to you right now.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 21, 2010
A gently affecting study of the relationships among a group of friends and family...made up of small but telling details.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 21, 2010
I've seen films where superheroes shift alliances, and I only yawned. What matters is not the scope of a story, it's the depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
December 30, 2009
Offering a poignant, subtle, realistic yet poetic portrait of a father-daughter relationship, 35 Shots of Rum is another enchanting film from Claire Denis, whose work is still little known in the U.S.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
December 17, 2009
Gazes wisely and humanely on our collective need to love, be loved, and ultimately let go.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Top Critic

Washington Post
December 4, 2009
Don't miss this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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