• NC-17, 3 hr. 7 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Abdel Kechiche
    In Theaters:
    Oct 25, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 25, 2013
  • IFC Films

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Blue Is The Warmest Color Reviews

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Blue is the Warmest Colour is too exceptional a film to be defined by its controversy.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 8, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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An astounding, complex film about the ecstasy, the danger and the beauty of love.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: A+

November 8, 2013
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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One of the year's best films.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 7, 2013
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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A love story so erotically charged that it short circuits our higher functions.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 7, 2013
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

November 7, 2013
Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
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This exploration of tumultuous romance is rare in its scope and frankness.

Full Review Source: Orange County Register | Original Score: A

November 1, 2013
John Anderson
Newsday
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The more wondrous things about "Blue Is the Warmest Color" include its emotional honesty, precision, abandon and need.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 4/4

November 1, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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This three-hour portrait of a young French woman named Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) captures the dizzying, all-consuming ardor of first love, the joyous discovery of bringing your body and mind into union with another human being.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 4/4

November 1, 2013
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Make no mistake, "Blue Is the Warmest Color" constitutes a breakthrough, in addition to being the best film of 2013.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

October 31, 2013
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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A great movie.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 4/4

October 31, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The film's French title is "The Life of Adèle, Chapters 1 and 2." At the fade-out, you feel, with sympathy and hope, how much more lies ahead of her.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 31, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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So full of passions and appetites, it's impossible for it not to exhaust you. Yet, isn't too much of a good thing better than not enough of it?

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

October 31, 2013
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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About our appetites-for love, connection, life fully and vibrantly lived-and how, at the end of the day, we still end up hungry.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

October 31, 2013
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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It's an almost overpowering experience - a movie that transcends voyeurism and invites empathy.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 30, 2013
Dana Stevens
Slate
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What makes this melancholy relationship drama play out as more than a hot lesbian remake of Annie Hall is the vibrant connection between the two gifted actresses at its center.

Full Review Source: Slate

October 28, 2013
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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The two actresses, seen up close or from far away, are extraordinary. The emotional trajectory of their passion is entirely believable and ultimately heartbreaking.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

October 25, 2013
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Love hurts in Blue Is the Warmest Color. That's why it sticks with you.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 25, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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An undeniably moving picture which is both problematic and astonishingly acted, sometimes frustratingly wrongheaded and occasionally lit by flashes of insight.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 25, 2013
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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A routine love story elevated by one of the year's most magnetic performances.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 25, 2013
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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The film is like a tough exam that everybody aced. The director, the actresses, the moviegoer - we all deserve a très bien.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 25, 2013
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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It's perhaps the first great love story of the 21st century that could belong only to this century.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 24, 2013
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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The truth of its emotionally raw, romantic drama is eternal and universal.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 24, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The performances are nothing less than astonishing.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

October 24, 2013
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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A fairly simple, unevenly told and expertly acted romance about two young French women in love.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

October 24, 2013
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
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While the director takes care to show how Adèle struggles with social pressure, hiding her sexuality from her friends and parents, that aspect never hijacks the narrative. This is a drama of self-discovery, not a social-issues film.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: A-

October 24, 2013
Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
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Somehow Seydoux and Exarchopoulos manifest an idea of desire, a mood that performers and directors often fail to capture even when there's good on-set chemistry.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 22, 2013
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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From the moment when Adèle first catches sight of Emma, on a busy crosswalk, the movie restores your faith in the power of the coup de foudre and yet redoubles your fear of its effect; love, like lightning, can both illuminate and scorch.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

October 21, 2013
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The movie goes on for three hours without an emotional letup-it's finally overwhelming.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

October 21, 2013
Leah Greenblatt
Entertainment Weekly
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The most explicit organ in Blue Is the Warmest Color, believe it or not, is the heart.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

October 17, 2013
Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
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Seydoux and Exarchopoulos deliver worthy performances, but Kechiche mishandles his ultrawidescreen frame by shooting almost every scene in the same shallow-focus medium close-up.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 10, 2013
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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The movie feels far more about Mr. Kechiche's desires than anything else.

Full Review Source: New York Times

September 13, 2013
Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
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Blue Is The Warmest Color is familiar in its broad outline but bracingly specific in its minute details, and it traffics in feelings so raw that they're almost painful to observe.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: b+

September 13, 2013
Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
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A sprawling, emotionally absorbing tale of young love from Franco-Tunisian auteur Abdellatif Kechiche.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 13, 2013
Justin Chang
Variety
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It's a measure of the honesty and generosity of Kechiche's storytelling that the picture's explicit sexuality and extreme running time feel consistent with his raw, sensual embrace of all aspects of life.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 13, 2013
Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
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A shattering masterpiece about sexual awakening, heartbreak, and self-discovery.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

May 28, 2013
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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If I can't quite get beyond a kind of clinical admiration for the film, it's due to Kechiche's unadorned vérité aesthetic, a cinema consciously bereft of the poetic flourish-for me a fault, for others a benefit.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York

May 25, 2013
Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
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If you don't see yourself in its depiction of intense emotion I both envy and pity you.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: 9.6/10

May 24, 2013
Guy Lodge
Time Out
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An intimate epic in every sense of the term, its every subtle emotional turn rendered widescreen on [Adèle] Exarchopoulos's exquisitely expressive face.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 5/5

May 23, 2013
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