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

Belle de Jour Reviews

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Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000

I found the story unbelievable and very dated.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

The director may have been ahead of his time, but he displays no more compassion for his characters than a psycho killer shows for his victims.

Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
September 8, 2014

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

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002

| Original Score: 4/5
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
July 1, 2006

It is possibly the best-known erotic film of modern times, perhaps the best.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Much of the film works because of the capable acting of Deneuve.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000

Classic erotic satire.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 12, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: A+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000

Any number of conclusions may be drawn as to the purpose of the film, and they'd all be correct. The mark of a classic.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 23, 2002

A true classic worthy of its highest praises.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
February 11, 2012

Something that keeps us on our toes in Belle de Jour comes from Luis Buñuel's refusal to spell out what is real and what is not. Must this be so clear to us when the fantasy life of Séverine means so much to her?

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
January 1, 2000

a fascination in the brilliance of its knowing detail about sexual attraction/revulsion, about the subtleties of desire

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-
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.

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002

A quarter of a century after it was made and a decade after Bunuel's death, Belle de Jour continues to baffle and beguile. And seduce.

Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
Top Critic
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.

Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic
August 3, 2006

A delicacy, a passionate and compassionate study of erotica.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michael Scheinfeld
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000

A delightful puzzle, and [Catherine] Deneuve's finest hour-and-a-half.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
September 2, 2002

But beyond the artistry, this film stands as the most accessible of Buñuel's work.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 1, 2000

Belle de Jour is a definitive statement on eroticism, and a deeply personal experience.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Rob Mackie
Guardian
March 3, 2007


Time Out
Top Critic
January 26, 2006


Variety
Top Critic
March 26, 2009

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