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Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)



Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 159
Fresh: 144 | Rotten: 15

Raw, honest, powerfully acted, and deliciously intense, Blue Is the Warmest Color offers some of modern cinema's most elegantly composed, emotionally absorbing drama.


Average Rating: 8.6/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 2

Raw, honest, powerfully acted, and deliciously intense, Blue Is the Warmest Color offers some of modern cinema's most elegantly composed, emotionally absorbing drama.



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BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Exarchopoulos) who is climbing to adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. A handsome male classmate falls for her hard, but an unsettling erotic reverie upsets the romance before it begins. Adèle imagines that the mysterious, blue-haired girl she encountered in the street slips into her bed and possesses her with an overwhelming pleasure. That blue-haired girl is a confident older art student named Emma (Seydoux),



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Feb 25, 2013


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Blue is the Warmest Colour is too exceptional a film to be defined by its controversy.

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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An astounding, complex film about the ecstasy, the danger and the beauty of love.

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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One of the year's best films.

November 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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A love story so erotically charged that it short circuits our higher functions.

November 7, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Forget the controversy and see Blue is the Warmest Color for what it truly is: a warm and compassionate ode to the vagaries of the heart.

November 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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This exploration of tumultuous romance is rare in its scope and frankness.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Orange County Register
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I have to admit the film got under my own skin and not simply as voyeurism

July 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinemania

An emotional and engrossing experience told in extreme close-up.

May 14, 2014 Full Review Source: The Virginian-Pilot
The Virginian-Pilot

A fierce and honest drama about a French teenager (Adele Exarchopoulos, just fantastic) discovering, exploring and understanding her own sexuality.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Kechiche captures a staggeringly intense amount of orality: kissing, smoking, talking, spitting, ----ing and eating, oh, such eating. As his game gamine, Adèle Exarchopoulos is sexual, and sexualized, but her embodiment of oral desire is ravishing.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity

We have Kechiche to thank for this wonderful movie that celebrates gay love (and sex) in all its messiness and truth.

March 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Thompson on Hollywood
Thompson on Hollywood

It is not cheerful, hopeful, or profound: it just is.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Trespass

The film would have benefited from more editing, but it is nevertheless a compelling, troubling and touching study of adolescence and same-sex relationships.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Something must be said for a film that's three hours long and remains this consistently engaging.

February 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

Viewed independently of the argy-bargy surrounding it, Blue Is the Warmest Colour is simply a remarkable work of cinema.

February 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

Scene after scene brings truthfulness and insight into the at times difficult relationship.

February 18, 2014 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

There have been many films about the confusion of adolescence and the difficulty of coming out...but he makes the material fresh by understating the subtext while concentrating on the immediate experiences of the characters.

February 17, 2014 Full Review Source:

A tender, at times devastating portrayal of the lifespan of a relationship, one that's as convincing and intimate as any you've ever seen on screen.

February 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Moviedex

Rather than lead us by the hand to a predetermined destination, this is a film that asks us to stand back and observe.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

Blue is the Warmest Colour is actually a far more thoughtful film about sex, mature relationships and modern love than its soft-core trappings and avant-garde buzz might otherwise suggest.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: 3AW

Once you begin to feel its rhythms, the film's mastery is undeniable.

February 13, 2014 Full Review Source:

A riveting coming of age story that should have universal applicability.

February 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Impulse Gamer
Impulse Gamer

Its biggest charm lies in the understated yet giving and uninhibited performances of its leads ... but not all three hours' worth of scenes deserve to be there.

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

Cannes winner Blue is the Warmest Colour details a relationship forming and curdling in graphic fashion (much like in the way the director's own relationship to his stars has curdled so publicly in the months since its big win).

February 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Quickflix

It may be overshadowed by its controversial and graphic sex scenes, but the passion runs far beyond the sheets in this explosive and revelation-filled coming of age story that explores sexuality, desire, love and commitment

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

So here's another male hetero critic chiming in on the greatness of Blue Is the Warmest Color. I will at least keep it brief.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: SF Weekly
SF Weekly

Audience Reviews for Blue Is The Warmest Color

Brilliant evocative drama, this is a superb drama that features some wonderful performances, a great story and effective direction create something truly engaging. If you enjoy a solidly paced, well layered picture, Blue is the Warmest Color is a film that is sure to delight viewers that want a richly detailed plot with immaculate performances. The film is not for everyone, as the content might be a bit too much, but for those who want a well executed drama that is well layed in a way that it steadily unfolds before you, this is a terrific drama that tells a great story that is quite simple, yet engaging due to its cast who are terrific in their roles. The film is nothing too elaborate, but that's what makes this film standout. Using simple ideas, the filmmakers were able to get the most out of the film's story with such a simply idea. This is a terrific film, one that is steadily executed in the sense that it unfolds slowly before your eyes so that you become more attached with the movie's characters. Blue is the Warmest Color is a film well worth your time if you enjoy the genre. For such a simple story, Blue is the Warmest color is superb cinema, a film that does so much with so little, and it is a film well worth your time if you enjoy these films. There a few aspects of the film that could have been improved upon. However, there are enough great elements at work on-screen to make this a well executed drama that is worth seeing.
August 18, 2014
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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the only reason i may wanna write a review on it is because i would never want to read an essay about it.
August 17, 2014
Veronique Kwak

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Blue is the Warmest Color is so much more than cheap exploitation. At 3 hours long, it is shot predominantly in close ups, with long passages of dialogue, and is about so many things: coming of age, class differences, sexism, art, food, and of course, same sex relationships. We'll never know if its Palme D'Or win was more political than personal, but this is too beautiful and wonderful a film to be defined by its controversy alone.
April 14, 2014

Super Reviewer

Emma: I have infinite tenderness for you, and I will my whole life...

Blue Is the Warmest Color is as amazing a film experience, as I have seen in a long time. As far as the controversy that surrounds the film goes, it really doesn't matter. We're at such a point, where you'd think sexual material, no matter how graphic is no big deal. Obviously there's a lot of people who feel differently, but oh well. This is probably the best film I've ever seen, when it comes down to showing honest emotion, both joy and sadness. A lot of that has to do with the remarkable performance from Adele Exarchopoulos. 

Blue Is the Warmest Color follows Adele, a bright and beautiful high school student. Her friends are pressuring her to lose her virginity to a senior who has his eyes on her. On her way to a date with him, she sees a blue haired girl and it's love at first sight, only she doesn't really know it yet. The blue haired girl ends up making an appearance in her dreams that night though. She continues to see the boy and does lose her virginity to him, but that only makes her realize that she hasn't truly found what she needs. She ends up running into the blue haired girl again, at a lesbian bar, and learns that her name is Emma. They hit it off and soon start a passionate love affair. From there, it follows their relationship for about the next decade.

This is a long movie, around three hours, but it sure doesn't feel it. The dialogue is beautiful, as is the camera work, and the movie as a whole. It's about connection, love, and finding ones sexual identity. The beauty of the film is in the relationship between Adele and Emma, and both actresses give phenomenal, honest, and emotional performances. Lea Seydoux, who plays Emma, is tremendous, but like I said before this movie really belongs to Adele. 

Blue Is the Warmest Color certainly isn't a movie for the close minded or for moviegoers that are turned off by graphic sexual scenes and dialogue. For anyone who can put that aside and look at the movie for what it truly is, a masterpiece and one of the best films about love ever; it's quite the experience. It's a movie that won't leave me. Simply amazing.
March 2, 2014
Melvin White

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    1. Adele: I miss you. I miss not touching each other. Not seeing each other, not breathing in each other. I want you. All the time. No one else.
    – Submitted by Andi B (3 months ago)
    1. Emma: I have infinite tenderness for you and I will my whole life...
    – Submitted by Nancy L (4 months ago)
    1. Adele: You don't love me anymore?
    – Submitted by Allison K (7 months ago)
    1. Emma: Why are you lying?
    2. Adele: I'm not lying.
    3. Emma: Then why are you crying?
    4. Adele: I'm not crying.
    – Submitted by Allison K (7 months ago)
    1. Emma: I have infinite tenderness for you, and I will my whole life...
    – Submitted by fuzzy d (9 months ago)
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