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Bonjour Tristesse Reviews

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Calum Marsh
Little White Lies
August 29, 2013
Jean Seberg is as captivating as ever in Otto Preminger's newly restored 1958 drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
August 29, 2013
Underneath the endless round of parties and nightclubs, there is a desperate, secret sadness, and Seberg's stare at the camera is haunting.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Mottram
Total Film
August 28, 2013
Contrasting the picture-perfect backdrop, Saul Bass' title sequence and Juliette Gréco's rendition of the title song add to the melancholy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
August 27, 2013
The final shot is one of the most convincingly grief-stricken in cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
May 1, 2012
It's almost like a game, the kind that seems funny until someone gets hurt.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
April 24, 2012
Niven and Kerr keenly satirize their onscreen iconographies-the cad and the goody-goody, respectively-but it's Seberg who cuts deepest.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
April 24, 2012
Otto Preminger's formally dazzling 1958 film is an edifice constructed of contrasts.
Emanuel Levy
July 14, 2009
Misunderstood at the time and still underappreciated, this 1958 glossy melodrama improves on Sagan's French novella, displaying Preminger's best qualities as auteur, moral ambiguity, detached, nonjudgmental approach, not to mention smooth visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 16, 2007
Has a glacial tone that gets covered with a lobster red French Riviera sunburn.
Full Review | Original Score: B

TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 23, 2007
Kerr, of course, is a standout talent in spite of script deficiencies, and Demongeot plays the role of a silly blonde well. The Riviera scenes are rich in eye appeal and Kerr's chic costuming by Givenchy adds another plus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
The flirtation with incest at the centre of this adaptation of Françoise Sagan's novel is tame by modern standards, but the evil scheming of Seberg as the daughter set on separating her father and his mistress is still forceful.
David Sanjek
January 9, 2004
While some may be put off by Preminger's glossy presentation of the idle rich, his direction in Bonjour Tristesse engages the mind while it stimulates the senses.
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
December 8, 2003
Among favorite cinephile pet auteurs, no one's reputation has had a rougher ride than that of Otto Preminger's.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5

May 24, 2003
he overall ambiguity of the film and its refusal to make judgements mark it as ahead of its time, while the cast are first-rate, particularly Seberg, veering between impishly mischievous and spookily sinister.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 23, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Arguably, this is Preminger's masterpiece.
Dragan Antulov
January 1, 2000
Hollywood soap opera at its best, nicely done and still entertaining after many decades.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 12, 2012
...palpably overlong...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Variety Staff
October 23, 2007
Script deficiencies and awkward reading -- some lines are spoken as though just that -- have static results.
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