• R, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Luis Buñuel
    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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Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

I found the story unbelievable and very dated.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 4/5

July 30, 2002
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
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Much of the film works because of the capable acting of Deneuve.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Classic erotic satire.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

January 1, 2000
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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 Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

A true classic worthy of its highest praises.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 23, 2002
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

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

February 11, 2012
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net

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

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

January 1, 2000
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
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

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.

Full Review Source: Film Scouts

April 17, 2002
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
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
Michael Scheinfeld
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 5/5

January 1, 2000
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: A

September 2, 2002
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

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

Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus | Original Score: A-

January 1, 2000
Derek Smith
Apollo Guide

I have seen few, if any, films that portray the inner struggles of a modern woman so honestly and beautifully.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 92/100

June 10, 2002
Rob Mackie
Guardian [UK]
March 3, 2007

Time Out
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January 26, 2006

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March 26, 2009
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