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.
Deneuve is radiant in the lead role ... packed with Bu˝uel's trademark surrealistic imagery and a few really memorable fantasy sequences.
| Original Score: 7/10
| 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 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?
| 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 Bu˝uel's work.
| Original Score: A
Belle de Jour is a definitive statement on eroticism, and a deeply personal experience.