Beloved Reviews

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Top Critic
August 16, 2012
This stylish film is enormous fun, whirling and warbling across four decades of amour.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 16, 2012
Low-calorie stories about two women who are unlucky in love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
August 16, 2012
Beloved is a tenderly sincere musical that celebrates love even as it acknowledges the ways in which it can sometimes lead to tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Fear
Time Out
August 14, 2012
"Your charm is quickly fading," quips one character to another. You'd think she was speaking to someone behind the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
August 14, 2012
A sprawling mess of multiple romantic triangles in which all the angles are obtuse.
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
August 14, 2012
Ultimately crammed at a frustrating juncture between period-piece froth and seriously conceived drama, never tipping its hand toward either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 7, 2012
The main reason to see this French romantic melodrama is its glorious cast, headed by Catherine Deneuve and real-life daughter Ciara Mastroianni.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
August 1, 2012
Opening as a light, bright tale of romance, the musical-drama becomes increasingly complex and portentous.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
June 11, 2012
Honoré's heartbreaking, gloriously directed and performed musical suggests that this most hipsterish and Parisian of French filmmakers is best when he sets his stories to song.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
May 12, 2012
Those who like Beloved will file it under guilty pleasures.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
May 11, 2012
A melancholy French musical that stretches across four decades and several continents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph
May 11, 2012
It feels like a vanity project, and it doesn't help that the songs - tremulous, world-weary and melancholy - sound much the same despite the changing times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
May 11, 2012
The casting of Deneuve, the star of Umbrellas, and her daughter, by Marcello Mastroianni, give their all and are a major part of the film's allure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 10, 2012
For me, the brooding Garrel is pretty insufferable, but his mannerisms are at least reasonably in check here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
The List
May 10, 2012
A sprawling, messily ambitious epic of unrequited love and unfulfilled hearts that is lent an added poignancy by the casting of Mastroianni's mother Catherine Deneuve as the older Madeleine and by all the cinematic ghosts that accompany her appearance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Walsh
Little White Lies
May 10, 2012
Christophe Honoré's delivers on his promises and provides a captivating film that just needs the fat trimming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 10, 2012
An emotionally engaging French drama with strong performances and catchy songs, though it occasionally dips too far into melodrama and its unnecessarily lengthy running time eventually takes its toll.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
May 10, 2012
Alex Beaupain's songs effectively convey emotion, but Beloved doesn't scale the heights of the Truffaut and Demy films it pastiches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 9, 2012
The early scenes with Sagnier have real verve, and Honoré handles his first few shifts in time well, but ennui sets in with yet another chapter bringing songs of decreasing quality and events of increasing tiresomeness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Hughes
Empire Magazine
May 6, 2012
Christophe Honoré goes epic in a tale of interlocking lives that owes a debt to Jacques Demy. It won't be to everyone's taste but it's playful enough to win us over.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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