Amour Reviews

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Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
Life is full of unfair horrors; that is why we go to the cinema. Amour is the cinematic equivalent of telling a child Santa doesn't exist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Beck
December 18, 2012
There is such a thing as being too straightforward, which is exactly what "Amour" becomes. If anything, it'll leave you wishing that there was more substance to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered
August 22, 2013
Amour is a lesser work from Michael Haneke that features brilliant performances from Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, but is held back by a simplistic narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine
October 2, 2012
This isn't the work of a newly moral or humanistic filmmaker, but another ruse by the same unscrupulous showman whose funny games have been beguiling us for years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Nordine
L.A. Weekly
January 2, 2013
On paper it's a welcome change of pace for Haneke, but his tendency to treat the couple as patients rather than characters -- at a cold remove rather than with a warm embrace -- feels at odds with the material.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
January 18, 2013
A bitter, pitiless piece of work. We can admire its components, but we're repulsed by its vision.
December 18, 2012
If Haneke has any real interest in keeping art cinema alive, he should take some notes from the Queensbridge rapper Nas.
Full Review | Original Score: 60/100
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
January 17, 2013
Haneke's self-indulgent approach is getting old to me. His devoted fans will like it, but others will most likely be scratching their heads trying to figure out how this got a Best Picture nomination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
December 18, 2012
Haneke remains, by his rules, infallible. So what?
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 8, 2012
...the movie, which rarely leaves the couple's apartment, adopts a palpably repetitive feel that slowly-but-surely drains the viewer's interest...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 12, 2015
It's a chilling, pitiless vision that offers no relief, just a portrait of decline.
November 15, 2012
There's no empathy here and no genuine insight either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
January 17, 2013
Two of the world's best actors, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, play Amour's octogenarian couple, so it's surprising that the characters aren't very interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
February 8, 2013
All is presented in Haneke's exacting style, one that I find controlling and a bit, well, smothering.
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 17, 2014
Amour is a brutally difficult viewing experience, but it's in no way a film you'll desire -- or be able -- to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013
It leaves you spent, depressed and intensely afraid of the future. In some ways that's admirable, but like our fallible bodies, it gets old - fast.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Sam Fragoso
Fan The Fire
September 18, 2012
The type of metaphysical mediation on marriage, love, and death that insists, allows, and rewards introspection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
January 11, 2013
Powerful and well-acted, this drama meticulously captures the pain and perils of aging in a way that will be hard to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5
Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman
January 24, 2013
It is hard to recommend Amour. Austrian director Michael Haneke's film cannot justly be described as entertaining, and it will likely leave you sad and weary. But it is a film you must see.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 16, 2013
Haneke addresses the ravaging effects of aging in a starkly intimate way but Amour oddly lacks affectivity. Something that should be overflowing with emotion is strangely as sterile as Georges and Anne's Parisian apartment.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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