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La Mariée était en Noir (The Bride Wore Black) Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

A frigid and oddly static procession of Hitchcockian shout-outs that plays like an affected sequel to the two filmmakers' celebrated interview book.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

November 1, 2011
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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For all of Truffaut's digressive asides, deadpan gags, and lyrical cinephiliac touches, his slow-starting movie is overly schematic, emotionally shallow, and not so much fun.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 1, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Unfortunately, Truffaut fell into a pit of awkwardness on the project; editingwise, he's hardly in the league of Hitchcock, his sequences rushing ahead, his ironies too obvious.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

November 1, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Miss Moreau remains one of the screen's great actresses, and there is a supporting cast of unusual quality.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 13, 2007
Simon Foster

The Bride Wore Black finds a dark yet entertaining balance between B-movie conventions and (Truffaut's) European film sensibilities.

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March 4, 2011
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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Truffaut suggests a nation straining to burst its carapace of moralism. The film's subject and its object converge in the same self-liberating social revolution that would shake the country the following year.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

March 11, 2013
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Basically an exercice de style, and a good one at that.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 1, 2000
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's an entertaining film even if it doesn't completely work.

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

November 14, 2008
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

A chilling and tragic portrait of fractured psychology and shattered lives.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

June 5, 2002
Renata Adler
New York Times
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Truffaut is such a poetic filmmaker that the film turns around and becomes, not at all Hitchcockian, but a gentle comedy and one of the few plausible and strange love stories in a long time.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 20, 2003
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

| Original Score: 3/5

August 10, 2004
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 4/5

July 6, 2005
Andrew O'Hehir
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With its summery, Mediterranean surface, Jeanne Moreau as the ultimate femme fatale heroine and a knife-twisting tale of murderous revenge and unexpected romance, "The Bride Wore Black" is well worth rediscovering.

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November 6, 2011


It's accessible, intriguing and enjoyable.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003

TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's an enjoyable and entertaining film, albeit probably Truffaut's darkest and least sentimental work.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 13, 2007
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