Belle de Jour Reviews

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
September 8, 2014
Deneuve is radiant in the lead role ... packed with Bu˝uel's trademark surrealistic imagery and a few really memorable fantasy sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
David Keyes
September 2, 2014
Few faces in the movies have contemporized storytelling standards as swiftly as Catherine Deneuve's.
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
March 10, 2012
Luis Bunuel's cheerfully brazen satire of sexual repression, social decorum, and erotic fantasies is in the running for Bunuel's kinkiest film, and that's saying a lot.
Eric Melin
February 11, 2012
Something that keeps us on our toes in Belle de Jour comes from Luis Bu˝uel's refusal to spell out what is real and what is not. Must this be so clear to us when the fantasy life of SÚverine means so much to her?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
January 19, 2012
A character study with surreal interludes and a rare film in which Bu˝uel depicts a member of the upper class with some sympathy and depth
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cole Smithey
April 12, 2009 a fascinating cinematic achievement that dares to connect Deneuve's porcelain beauty to a world of bourgeois rebellion.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Emanuel Levy
August 13, 2008
One of the most acclaimed and accessible masterworks of surrealist cinema, an erotic meditaton about reality and fantasy that remains alluring and shocking decades after it was made, at least partly due to Catherine Deneuve's cool, mesmerizing performance
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
August 3, 2006
A delicacy, a passionate and compassionate study of erotica.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 1, 2006
It is possibly the best-known erotic film of modern times, perhaps the best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 19, 2006
Of all the supposedly challenging attractions playing locally in our supposedly more enlightened era, the most compellingly erotic and entertaining spectacle is still provided by Belle de Jour
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
April 11, 2006
This silly little masterpiece regards Deneuve as the goddess of light she really was -- a figment of our collective appetite for the unreal.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 17, 2005
A surprisingly discreet film considering the erotic nature of the subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
December 17, 2004
Icy sketch of prostitute's life by one of film's greatest directors
| Original Score: 5/5
Jurgen Fauth
October 16, 2003
Oddly fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
September 9, 2003
A radical work that both looks back at the director's own early surrealist cinema and anticipates the work of David Lynch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
July 31, 2003
Absolutely superb.
| Original Score: 5/5
Greg Muskewitz
July 10, 2003
The use of dreams fused with reality works because the two things balance one another to create a whole, instead of detracting as a cop-out as most movies with this motif rely on.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Renata Adler
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Every detail has been so carefully thought out that seeing it again is like seeing it in another key.
Robert Faires
Austin Chronicle
March 23, 2003
One of master director Luis Bu˝uel's most wry and elegant films.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
September 2, 2002
But beyond the artistry, this film stands as the most accessible of Bu˝uel's work.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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