I found the story unbelievable and very dated.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
It is possibly the best-known erotic film of modern times, perhaps the best.
| Original Score: 4/4
Much of the film works because of the capable acting of Deneuve.
| Original Score: 3/4
Classic erotic satire.
| Original Score: 5/5
...is a fascinating cinematic achievement that dares to connect Deneuve's porcelain beauty to a world of bourgeois rebellion.
| Original Score: A+
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.
A true classic worthy of its highest praises.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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?
| Original Score: 3.5/4
a fascination in the brilliance of its knowing detail about sexual attraction/revulsion, about the subtleties of desire
A surprisingly discreet film considering the erotic nature of the subject matter.
| Original Score: A-
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.
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.
This silly little masterpiece regards Deneuve as the goddess of light she really was -- a figment of our collective appetite for the unreal.
A delicacy, a passionate and compassionate study of erotica.
A delightful puzzle, and [Catherine] Deneuve's finest hour-and-a-half.
But beyond the artistry, this film stands as the most accessible of Buñuel's work.
| Original Score: A
Belle de Jour is a definitive statement on eroticism, and a deeply personal experience.
I have seen few, if any, films that portray the inner struggles of a modern woman so honestly and beautifully.
| Original Score: 92/100