• R, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Luis Bu˝uel
    In Theaters:
    Apr 10, 1968 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 22, 2002
  • Miramax Zoe

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Belle de Jour Reviews

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

Deneuve is radiant in the lead role ... packed with Bu˝uel's trademark surrealistic imagery and a few really memorable fantasy sequences.

Full Review Source: Under the Radar | Original Score: 7/10

September 8, 2014
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org

Few faces in the movies have contemporized storytelling standards as swiftly as Catherine Deneuve's.

Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org

September 2, 2014
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

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.

Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online

March 10, 2012
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

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 Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 11, 2012
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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 Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 19, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

September 7, 2011
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

...is a fascinating cinematic achievement that dares to connect Deneuve's porcelain beauty to a world of bourgeois rebellion.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A+

April 12, 2009
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly

| Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2008
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A

August 13, 2008
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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A delicacy, a passionate and compassionate study of erotica.

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

August 3, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It is possibly the best-known erotic film of modern times, perhaps the best.

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

July 1, 2006
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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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

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 19, 2006
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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This silly little masterpiece regards Deneuve as the goddess of light she really was -- a figment of our collective appetite for the unreal.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 11, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A surprisingly discreet film considering the erotic nature of the subject matter.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A-

October 17, 2005
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Icy sketch of prostitute's life by one of film's greatest directors

| Original Score: 5/5

December 17, 2004
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

| Original Score: 4/5

January 6, 2004
Jurgen Fauth
About.com

Oddly fascinating.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 4/5

October 16, 2003
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

A radical work that both looks back at the director's own early surrealist cinema and anticipates the work of David Lynch.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

September 9, 2003
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal

Absolutely superb.

| Original Score: 5/5

July 31, 2003
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com

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

July 10, 2003

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Rob Mackie
Guardian
March 3, 2007

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January 26, 2006
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