5x2 Reviews

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
June 6, 2005
Oh, François, you big tease!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 16, 2005
Absent a meaty rationale, reading the story of a marriage backward smacks of derivative gimmickry.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 19, 2004
Played backward or forward, these episodes, while not dull, arrive without preamble or motive and offer little insight into the difficulties of all love relationships.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 11, 2005
The effect of the reverse sequencing is to make us view everything in the film -- even hopeful events like a marriage or the birth of a child -- with sadness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark R. Leeper
February 4, 2005
It is no longer particularly original to tell the story of a doomed romantic relationship in sequences shown in reverse order. This film has little to offer beyond that.
| Original Score: 4/10
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 10, 2005
Ozon is a smart filmmaker, but he doesn't go nearly as deep as Bergman did.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 24, 2005
Repellent... borderline offensive."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Blackwelder
July 5, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 7, 2005
Neither Marion, with her melancholy stares, nor Gilles, with his detachment and his cigarettes, appears more than a character sketch.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 29, 2005
Gilles and Marion may be more than the sum of their regrets, but because their creator hasn't done the math, they remain touching stick figures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 8, 2005
The story never delves deep enough into the characters to really say anything significant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jurgen Fauth
June 9, 2005
Ozon makes it exceedingly difficult to feel anything for his protagonists.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
July 23, 2005
Gaston said it best: 'It's a bore.'
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
June 17, 2005
[Seems] less like scenes from a marriage than highlights from a gay man's fevered nightmare of what it would be like to be a straight married couple.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
June 22, 2005
Sympathies sway back-and-forth between the wife and the husband, but never within the same episode, making Ozon just another god from the machine
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 1, 2005
With his convoluted narrative, Mr. Ozon has avoided some of the sentimental pitfalls of his subject, but only at the expense of much of its suspense.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
June 22, 2005
...we learn a few barely interesting things about the characters, and we are given no reason to care.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 24, 2005
We never get to know the twosome, and the intense curiosity generated by the opening scene starts to wane severely.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 28, 2005
Stripping away the extraneous details that etch great screen characters in our minds forever, Mr. Ozon pinpoints key moments in the life of a pair of married Parisians that leave the viewer paralyzed with boredom and confusion.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 6, 2005
Like reading a book from which most of the connective chapters have been removed, backwards.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Dallas Morning News
July 30, 2005

Boston Phoenix
July 30, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 13, 2005
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AV Club
September 26, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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