Augustine Reviews

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Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
October 6, 2013
Deconstructs late 19th century forms of torture, sexual exploitation and degradation, the female body as theater, closet peep shows, and the medical practitioner fantasy of 'a slave looking for a master' that all defined psychiatry back then.
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
July 11, 2013
Augustine's best when it focuses on the push-pull relationship of doctor and patient. SoKo is excellent as the troubled girl, inspiring both compassion and frustration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
July 5, 2013
Worthwhile but fairly routine "19th-century science" drama.
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Godfrey Cheshire
Chicago Sun-Times
June 21, 2013
Ultimately, while this character-based drama proves consistently engrossing, it leaves various pertinent and fascinating issues frustratingly unexplored.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 20, 2013
Fiercely yet faithfully imagined by... Alice Winocur, [the film] is not exclusively a mystery. It's also part love story, part horror story, as well as a parable of gender, power and the enduring enigma that is the mind-body connection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
June 20, 2013
Winocour does not reduce her characters to caricatures, but depicts them as unwitting actors in the tragedy of a pathological society.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 20, 2013
Though the tone is solemn, I took the finale as a knowing, agreeably dirty joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 20, 2013
Unlike some movies that impose feminist views on 200-year-old stories, "Augustine" finds feminist sentiments within the story rather than imposing them from without.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
June 20, 2013
The stand out is French Pop star Soko as the title character, who gives an outstanding Oscar worthy performance!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 13, 2013
The writer-director Alice Winocour creates a kind of subdued excitement of discovery.
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John Anderson
Newsday
May 31, 2013
The hysterics contained in Alice Winocour's "Augustine" -- and "hysteria" is what it's about -- can't obscure the understated, smoldering subtext of what is a sometimes playfully smart and irony-laden story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
May 19, 2013
Hand-held camera gives contemporary realism amidst the historically correct costumes and surroundings. . .[but] feminist iconography . . .makes the phenomenon seem a charade.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 18, 2013
[VIDEO ESSAY] Newcomer director Alice Winocour drafts an erotically charged and socially complex telling of a controversial 19th century neurologist and the nubile patient he treats.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 17, 2013
A dark, and rather disturbing debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
May 17, 2013
Winocour skillfully films Augustine being exhibited for other doctors in several disturbingly erotic scenes, but elsewhere Soko's stolid, one-note demeanor takes a toll.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
May 16, 2013
Soko is terrific, but it is Mr. Lindon who delivers the performance of the film, his internalized consternation amounting to an eloquent dispatch from the war between the sexes.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 16, 2013
Ms. Winocour is not inclined to turn "Augustine" into a neatly moralized fable of a predator and his victim. Rather, the film is what might be called a melodrama of transference ...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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May 16, 2013
Visually, the film conjures the past with shadowy interiors and harsh light. Winocour, who also scripted, often makes her points without words.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 16, 2013
[A] somber, intelligent period drama ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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May 16, 2013
Its world is small but convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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