Belle Toujours Reviews

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Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 30, 2006
Ultimately offers little expansion on the original story, little insight into the nature of sadism and masochism in film or in life, and almost no complement to Bunuel's film
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 8, 2007
This 70-minute exercise ends before it begins.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
June 2, 2008
Toujours suggests either creative immortality of a work of cinema as it flows through the imaginative process from one director to another, or simply sexual obsession perpetually unresolved. Or perhaps even a little of both.
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
June 6, 2007
Falls too often into didactic post-game analysis for its delicate mysteries to retain their luster.
Keith Uhlich
House Next Door
September 27, 2006
Drains all the mystery out of a masterpiece.
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph
November 21, 2008
The film is a maddening mix of mild fascination and boredom. Bulle Ogier plays Séverine, as Deneuve opted not to reprise her role. Without her, the film lacks the required frisson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
November 21, 2008
Pointless and just a little bit silly, it lumbers from one unlikely scenario to another while also managing to shoehorn in a couple of blousy strumpets who look like they've wandered in from an adult panto.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
September 25, 2006
Manoel de Oliveira is someone Luis Bu? actively rebelled against: an aesthete.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
August 23, 2007
Belle Toujours is doggedly inconsequential, deliberately non-eventful and blank.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tom Dawson
Film4
November 21, 2008
Oliveira's slender Belle Toujours has a certain curiosity value for fans of Belle De Jour, even if it never matches the surreal brilliance of the earlier film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 8, 2007
The question lingers: Do we really need a sequel to Belle de Jour?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Maher
Times [UK]
November 21, 2008
As such, you want it to be a timeless triumph, but sadly it's a minor work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
July 14, 2007
BELLE TOUJOURS is a minor key companion piece to the original film and would make a great double feature evening either in theaters or at home on DVD.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
October 4, 2006
A breezy hour-and-ten-minutes long, this beautifully affecting film is less about these beloved characters than its aging filmmaker's wistful reminiscences of cinema itself and a long lifetime's worth of material pleasures.
Cath Clarke
Guardian
November 21, 2008
There is something reductive in all these talky explanations, nailing down the mysteries of fantasy and dream life that Buńuel so audaciously left hanging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 24, 2007
It's also more about class and less about sexual desire.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 9, 2007
An often delicious but sometimes baffling experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Cinematical
June 26, 2008
Belle Toujours allows Oliveira to reminisce, to be slightly playful and naughty, but still thoughtful.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 21, 2008
Belle Toujours is a teasing charmer from a Portuguese centenarian.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
November 21, 2008
Beautifully, economically, directed, acted and photographed (by Sabine Lancelin), 'Belle Toujours' is essentially an affectionate, witty, often farcical jeu d'esprit, sweetly and knowingly bringing together the old-fashioned and the modern.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
August 30, 2007
Michael Atkinson
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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