372 le Matin (Betty Blue) (37.2 Degrees in the Morning) Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
November 15, 2009

Flows in a lambent pop style, warm to the touch and scarily intimate

Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
October 18, 2009

There can be beauty in tragedy, particularly when the key ingredient is the same in both

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic
July 24, 2009

A playful, meandering, somewhat confusing tale that hangs together as a portrait of demented love.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 24, 2009

Rarely seen in this country in the intervening 23 years, Dalle gives one of the all-time-great performances as Betty.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 26, 2009

It's a passionate love story executed in a dull fashion.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Emanuel Levy
June 20, 2009

Beinex's Oscar-nominated, quintessentially French amour fou tells of a love relationship that descends into madness, splendidly played by Dalle as the free-spirited troubled femme; one scene of self-inflicted violence is truly tough to watch.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 17, 2009

Occasionally drags and meanders, but it boasts an impressive visual style and a radiant, charismatic performance by the ultra-sexy Béatrice Dalle.

Full Review | Original Score: 7.0/10
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
June 11, 2009

Expanded to its intended length, the movie feels not like a failed narrative hastily washed in luridness but a purposefully meandering allegory of artistic frustration.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
Top Critic
June 10, 2009

If Betty Blue feasts on the bodies of its leads, it's this director's cut that fully establishes the movie's artistic bona fides.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
Top Critic
June 10, 2009

Curvy, ripe Dalle, only 21 at the time and in her first screen role, completely commits to the part.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 8, 2009

The best thing about the film is the pouty, 21-year-old Dalle.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Empire Magazine
June 8, 2009

If Dalle never made anything of note again -- and she didn't -- then this alone would be enough to stake her claim as an icon of late 20th century cinema.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

June 8, 2009

Beineix's film is awash with the humour and cool of his debut, Diva, but lacks the cohesion to sustain its weighty ambition.

David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
June 8, 2009

The movie was colorful and swirling and oppressive all at once, and in 1991, Beineix recut it not to slim it down but to add a florid third hour.

Variety Staff
Top Critic
March 26, 2009

Dalle, a model, makes a moving debut as the desperate baby-doll who fails to mold reality to her own conceptions of happiness. Anglade is more introvertedly affecting as the lucidly casual, but devoted Zorg.

Cole Smithey
October 25, 2007


| Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
October 29, 2004

Beineix's villagescapes and countryside vistas are hard to resist, and the dichotomy of a stone cold looney prancing around them only makes the tableau more curiously complete

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 26, 2004

Centers on the difficulties of living with a sexually free spirit.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Janet Maslin
New York Times
Top Critic
May 20, 2003

If Betty Blue teaches us anything -- and there's a good chance it doesn't -- it's that life is full of little mysteries.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
October 2, 2002

Love is not the same thing as nudity. This may seem obvious, but I feel it ought to be explained to director Jean-Jacques Beineix.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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