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Steve Macfarlane
Slant Magazine
October 30, 2012
Jean-Marc Vallée deploys a pretty sweeping arsenal of clichés in shoving his camera through the characters' streams of consciousness.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
May 14, 2012
The double-barrelled plot demonstrates great imagination. It's a shame that it amounts to so little.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
October 31, 2012
The film's delicately curated textures are flushed down the toilet of narrative contrivance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Gallagher
The List
April 17, 2012
Vallée appears content to put his audience through the emotional wringer for no discernible purpose, and the result is a film that is objectionable and ultimately pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
January 18, 2013
An intriguingly unconventional drama that revels in dreamy interludes, stream-of-consciousness montages and weighty drama - but that never lives up to its stylistic promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 30, 2012
An overlong film that half works.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 9, 2012
Goes from intriguing to irritating.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 8, 2012
Feels less like a movie than like a cinematic jigsaw puzzle whose agitation undermines the very continuity it wants to portray.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Brian Miller
Village Voice
November 1, 2012
This mushy, mystical French-Canadian melodrama tries to make parallel a pair of love stories: one between preteens with Down syndrome in 1969 Paris, and the second between a Quebecois DJ and his new amour some 40 years later.
Mike McCahill
Guardian
May 10, 2012
Remove the subtitles, and it's one of Cameron Crowe's head-in-the-clouds dramas, as scripted by M Night Shyamalan...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
November 16, 2012
It's terribly long and repetitive for so delicately dreamy a diptych, and at times the modern-day story feels like little more than a drawn-out apologia for the wandering male gaze.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Omer Ali
Little White Lies
May 10, 2012
Disappointing, frustrating nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
October 16, 2012
Acting and soundtrack are spot-on but the frequent jump-cuts and lack of a compelling comparison between families work against the film's success.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
November 22, 2012
The cumulative effect is more tedious than profound.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
May 12, 2012
The French story is fascinating and beautifully acted, the French-Canadian one is romantic daytime TV drivel, and the links between them - mystic, metaphysical, musical - do not lead towards resonance or enlightenment.
Tom Dawson
Total Film
May 10, 2012
An overlong, emotionally shallow study of so-called 'twin flames', possible reincarnation and learning to let go of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
November 5, 2012
Decade-hopping metaphysical romance descends into overwrought histrionics.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
November 22, 2012
A forgettable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

The Sun (UK)
May 10, 2012
After an exasperatingly lengthy build-up, the secret link between the two stories turns out to be utterly ridiculous, leaving a bad taste at the close.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Gabrielle Lipton
Paste Magazine
November 9, 2012
As abstract as the film is in theory, it is brought together with the conclusiveness of finishing a puzzle with no missing pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.8/10
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
September 9, 2011
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