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Bonjour Tristesse Reviews

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Variety Staff
Variety
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Script deficiencies and awkward reading -- some lines are spoken as though just that -- have static results.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 23, 2007
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...palpably overlong...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 12, 2012
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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A bomb.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

March 25, 2006
Calum Marsh
Little White Lies

Jean Seberg is as captivating as ever in Otto Preminger's newly restored 1958 drama.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 4/5

August 29, 2013
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

It's almost like a game, the kind that seems funny until someone gets hurt.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

May 1, 2012
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

Among favorite cinephile pet auteurs, no one's reputation has had a rougher ride than that of Otto Preminger's.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

December 8, 2003
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

December 23, 2002
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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The final shot is one of the most convincingly grief-stricken in cinema.

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

August 27, 2013
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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Otto Preminger's formally dazzling 1958 film is an edifice constructed of contrasts.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 24, 2012
James Mottram
Total Film

Contrasting the picture-perfect backdrop, Saul Bass' title sequence and Juliette Gréco's rendition of the title song add to the melancholy.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

August 28, 2013
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Has a glacial tone that gets covered with a lobster red French Riviera sunburn.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

December 16, 2007
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 3/5

August 22, 2003
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Niven and Kerr keenly satirize their onscreen iconographies-the cad and the goody-goody, respectively-but it's Seberg who cuts deepest.

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

April 24, 2012
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Hollywood soap opera at its best, nicely done and still entertaining after many decades.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 7/10

January 1, 2000
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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Arguably, this is Preminger's masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 1, 2000
David Sanjek
PopMatters

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.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

January 9, 2004
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A-

July 14, 2009
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

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 Source: Guardian | Original Score: 5/5

August 29, 2013

Film4

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.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003

Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
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