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Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

TOMATOMETER

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

Critics Consensus: 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
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 36
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: 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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Average Rating: 4.1/5
User Ratings: 20,399

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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), … More

Rating:
NC-17 (for explicit sexual content)
Genre:
Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Julie Maroh , Abdel Kechiche
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Feb 25, 2013
Box Office:
$46.0M
Runtime:
IFC Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Blue Is The Warmest Color

All Critics (160) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (144) | Rotten (15) | DVD (1)

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

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

An astounding, complex film about the ecstasy, the danger and the beauty of love.

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
Detroit News
Top Critic

One of the year's best films.

Full Review… | November 7, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A love story so erotically charged that it short circuits our higher functions.

Full Review… | November 7, 2013
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 7, 2013
Miami Herald
Top Critic

This exploration of tumultuous romance is rare in its scope and frankness.

Full Review… | November 1, 2013
Orange County Register
Top Critic

I have to admit the film got under my own skin and not simply as voyeurism

Full Review… | July 16, 2014

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

Full Review… | May 14, 2014
The Virginian-Pilot

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

Full Review… | April 18, 2014
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.

Full Review… | April 4, 2014
Newcity

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

Full Review… | March 27, 2014
Thompson on Hollywood

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

Full Review… | February 21, 2014
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.

Full Review… | February 21, 2014
FILMINK (Australia)

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

Full Review… | February 20, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

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

Full Review… | February 19, 2014
Herald Sun (Australia)

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

Full Review… | February 18, 2014
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.

Full Review… | February 17, 2014
culturevulture.net

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.

Full Review… | February 16, 2014
Moviedex

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

Full Review… | February 14, 2014
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.

Full Review… | February 14, 2014

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

Full Review… | February 13, 2014
Flicks.co.nz

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

Full Review… | February 12, 2014
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.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
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).

Full Review… | February 9, 2014
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

Full Review… | February 6, 2014
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.

Full Review… | February 4, 2014
SF Weekly

Audience Reviews for Blue Is The Warmest Color

A young girl falls for another woman.
Adele Exarchopoulos's face is one of the most expressive I've seen on an actress in a very long time. She has the capability of rendering an entire film's worth of character motivation and contradiction in a single close-up, and her leading lady, Lea Seydoux, is a fitting and remarkable complement.The performances in Blue Is the Warmest Color are the highlights of the film, and to watch this acting master class is a thrill in and of itself.
The story isn't much to write about. A woman tries men, falls for a woman, the relationship encounters difficulty, the end. It's all as one might predict, but that doesn't mean that the variances of individuality don't give the film a vitality and spark that is absent from many modern-day romances.
Overall, good acting is sometimes enough to make a good film.

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Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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.

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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

½

the only reason i may wanna write a review on it is because i would never want to read an essay about it.

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Veronique Kwak

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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MovieGeek13
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

Blue Is The Warmest Color Quotes


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 (5 months ago)
Emma:
I have infinite tenderness for you and I will my whole life...
– Submitted by Nancy L (6 months ago)
Adele:
You don't love me anymore?
– Submitted by Allison K (9 months ago)
Emma:
Why are you lying?
Adele:
I'm not lying.
Emma:
Then why are you crying?
Adele:
I'm not crying.
– Submitted by Allison K (9 months ago)
Emma:
I have infinite tenderness for you, and I will my whole life...
– Submitted by fuzzy d (11 months ago)

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