Amour

Amour

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Amour Reviews

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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This is realism that enlarges our conception of the term.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 17, 2013
David Thomson
The New Republic
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Now at the end of the year comes a masterpiece, not just the best of the year, but one of the best ever: Michael Haneke's Amour.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 13, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Trintignant perfectly captures the resolve that eventually borders on obsession, as the woman he loves gradually, maddeningly, disappears before his eyes, and he does whatever he can to prevent it, though he knows it's impossible.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 8, 2013
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Many viewers will find echoes of their grandparents, parents, or even themselves in these characters.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 8, 2013
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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A movie that is utterly worthy of its all-encompassing title.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 4/4

February 8, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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The resulting interplay of ruthless restraint and unavoidable passion, plus the film's refusal to shrink from depicting the inevitable horrors of physical deterioration, is devastating.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 5/5

February 8, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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In many ways it's the best horror film I've ever seen. At the same time, it's hard to recommend; I believe I will be struggling to forget this film as long as I live. I doubt I'll succeed.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: A

February 1, 2013
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It is an inspirational film in the truest sense, and one to see with someone you love.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

January 31, 2013
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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As remarkable as Haneke's films are, not a one has been as transcendently generous as Amour, which is nominated for five Academy Awards, including best picture, best director and best foreign-language film.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 4/4

January 25, 2013
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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"Amour" isn't easy to watch, but its rewards are many.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 24, 2013
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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"Amour" isn't just a great movie, it's a movie that may actually do you some good.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 4/4

January 24, 2013
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Shot in long, static takes, Amour stares directly into the indignities of old age and the curse of a slow death.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 4/4

January 24, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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This is a masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 4/4

January 24, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Each actor draws on a lifetime's worth of experience, performing with grace and rare, uncompromising realism.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

January 17, 2013
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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There's nowhere to hide: The film cuts no corners and stings with the authenticity of life's fragility.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A

January 17, 2013
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The movie avoids melodrama; instead, it's just extraordinarily intimate, with touches of visual poetry like the pigeon that gets into the apartment and won't leave, an image of our own heedless tenacity.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 4/4

January 17, 2013
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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The film is a graphic portrayal of the unfunny end game we're all fated to play; the title is just a simple declaration of how best to play it.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 4/4

January 11, 2013
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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"Amour" is also unforgettable and one of a kind, two hours of torment that, in the end, you will probably not regret.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

January 10, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Small, sure and stunningly acted, this is a picture of exacting control, which is to be expected from Haneke, whose works include Cache and The White Ribbon.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

January 10, 2013
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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[Haneke] has put his finger on a very particular kind of heartbreak: seeing a lover give up not on you but on the life you've shared.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 10, 2013

Toronto Star
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Amour is the simplest yet most passionate film of Haneke's incredible career.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 4/4

January 10, 2013
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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As it unflinchingly faces mortality, Amour is full of incomparably beautiful and sad moments.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 10, 2013
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Old age isn't for sissies, and neither is this film.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 10, 2013
Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
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A wrenching film that is sure to bring tears -- a lot of tears -- to your eyes and manages, in many ways, to affirm that love is worth sharing and life is worth living even in the most final of days.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 4/4

January 9, 2013
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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There have been many invasions in Haneke's work, and there is indeed an attempted break-in at the start of this film, but nothing compares with the looming approach of mortality.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

January 4, 2013
Michael Nordine
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

January 2, 2013
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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It is a stunning film.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

December 24, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Amour might seem hardly the stuff of entertainment, yet the reason it has been acclaimed isn't mysterious. Confronting death, it studies life, closely and lovingly.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

December 21, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Because of its subject matter, and because of the actors, it's impossible to watch this film without being moved. But a martinet is running the show.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

December 21, 2012
Dana Stevens
Slate
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A compassionate, rigorously unsentimental masterwork from a director who doesn't normally truck in emotions like the one named in the title.

Full Review Source: Slate

December 21, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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This is an unforgettable love story set at the close of day, as tragic and beautiful in its way as "Tristan und Isolde," and a portrait of the impossible beauty and fragility of life that will yield new experiences to every viewer and every viewing.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 20, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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"Amour" is a perfectly made, tremendously involving film that, nonetheless, is very difficult to watch, particularly if you're past the midpoint in your life.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 4/4

December 20, 2012
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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A relentless and shattering masterwork, 'Amour' breaks the heart but satisfies the soul.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 5/5

December 19, 2012
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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All great films have imagination; this one also has the sense of experience.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 4/4

December 19, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Growing old is a war, and movies rarely go there. Michael Haneke's amazing, dignified "Amour" is the exception.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 5/5

December 18, 2012
Mary Corliss
TIME Magazine
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In the history of movies about love, Amour shall last forever.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 18, 2012
Ella Taylor
NPR
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If you've seen someone you love through their dying, it may burn you up - but in an illuminating way.

Full Review Source: NPR

December 18, 2012
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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Haneke remains, by his rules, infallible. So what?

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 18, 2012
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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Haneke being Haneke, Amour is still a bracingly unsentimental film, but it shouldn't be mistaken for heartless.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: A

December 18, 2012
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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While this might not be the post-gift-unwrapping movie destination of choice this holiday season, the brutal honesty and emotional truth of Amour make it one of this year's best films.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

December 18, 2012
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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It will surely strike a chord with anyone who's watched a loved one slip away in this manner, whether it's a parent or a spouse.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 17, 2012
Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
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Consummate acting helps ease a painful watch, as Michael Haneke describes the ultimate test of love in a profoundly honest study of sickness and dying.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

December 17, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The title is french for love. The movie itself, indisputably the year's best foreign-language film and an Oscar front-runner, defines what love is. And it does it the hard way.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 13, 2012
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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I urge you to share its sweetness and wisdom, and learn something.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

December 12, 2012
Stephanie Zacharek
Film.com
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Haneke ... knows the reality of growing old together isn't for the faint of heart.

Full Review Source: Film.com

October 3, 2012
Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
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A sober, gorgeously directed portrait of an elderly couple facing terrifying questions of life and death.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

May 30, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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A tender, wrenching, impeccably directed story of love and death.

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 22, 2012
Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
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Haneke trains his merciless rigor-leavened, for perhaps the first time ever, with deeply felt tenderness and compassion-on the most universally heartbreaking aspect of the human condition: old age and its myriad indignities.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

May 21, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Transfixing and extraordinarily touching, perhaps the most hauntingly honest movie about old age ever made

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly

May 20, 2012
Karina Longworth
L.A. Weekly
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Haneke is the first Competition film director at Cannes this year to both succeed totally on the terms he sets out for himself, and truly challenge the audience to bear witness to something they've never seen on screen before.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

May 20, 2012
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Infused with its namesake, this gentle tragedy is the filmmaker's least complicated work to date, a streamlined tearjerker that respects viewers enough to not jerk the tears out of them.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York

May 20, 2012
Peter Debruge
Variety
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Considering Haneke's confrontational past, this poignantly acted, uncommonly tender two-hander makes a doubly powerful statement about man's capacity for dignity and sensitivity when confronted with the inevitable cruelty of nature.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 20, 2012
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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'Amour' is a devastating, highly intelligent and astonishingly performed work. It's a masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 5/5

May 20, 2012
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