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Coco Before Chanel Reviews

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Karina Longworth
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2011
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Less an evolution of the most famous fashionista of the last century, and more an exploration of how an influential figure found love while finding her calling.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 6, 2010
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

An interesting, but slow, look at the life of the legendary Chanel before she became famous.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 2, 2010
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

Traces the troubled life of the famed clothing designer noted for an unstoppable drive to smash gender and garment ceilings alike.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

February 8, 2010
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A movie that is tres chic even if it sometimes resembles those corsets Coco banished, a little stiff and confining.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 18, 2009
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

I don't remember ever seeing a photo of Chanel before, but when we see Tautou as the middle-aged, iconic Chanel, a cigarette dangling insouciantly from her lips, I knew it was an uncanny resemblance.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3/4

November 13, 2009
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Ultimately, [Benoit Poelvoorde] is the one who holds this knotty yarn in place.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 6, 2009
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

This guilty pleasure costume drama leaves you wanting to know more about this extraordinary woman considered one of the most influential in the 20th century. Let's hope that Fontaine can do a follow-up with "After" in the title.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 6, 2009
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl

The script...adheres closely to biopic conventions but is brought alive by the magnetic performance of Tautou with strong support particularly from Poelvoorde and Devos.

Full Review Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 6/10

November 6, 2009
Mike Ward
Richmond.com

Earlier in the year we had Julia Childs, two weeks ago we has Amelia Earhart, and this week we have Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel. Who's next? Rachel Ray and her journey to invent edible crayons? Hannah Montana's battle against Dissociative Identity Disorder?

| Original Score: 3/4

November 6, 2009
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

There's a lot to like here. The film looks beautiful, and Alexandre Desplat's score is suitably moody.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

November 5, 2009
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Fontaine manages to create a film that captures both the essence of its subject and the times and circumstances that helped to shape her.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

November 4, 2009
Camerin Courtney
Christianity Today

A bit more of Coco becoming Chanel was what I expected, and what would have elevated this film beyond the typical period-piece love story fare.

Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 31, 2009
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net

In Coco Before Chanel, Audrey Tautou coolly charms as the designer in her formative years. On a scale of 8, the film is a Chanel #5.

Full Review Source: tonymacklin.net | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 29, 2009
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The film is unfailingly funny.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

October 23, 2009
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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We are used to seeing Tautou play the sweetheart. Here, she's anything but. Constantly smoking, dour, unsmiling, critical, she plays a character difficult to warm to but fascinating to watch.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 23, 2009
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Audrey Tatou may have been born to play Coco Chanel ...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

October 23, 2009
Elias Savada
Film Threat

It's nice when so many technical and emotional elements come together in a film. Coco Before Chanel is a hard luck, true life fairy tale story told with poignant humility, embellished with solid acting and determined direction.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 23, 2009
Shawn Levy
Oregonian

Tautou is, as ever, radiant and deep and affecting, but a film about such an extraordinary personage as Chanel shouldn't feel so ordinary and wan.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B-

October 23, 2009
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Although technically a biopic based on a nonfiction book by Edmonde Charles-Roux, Coco Before Chanel plays more like an engrossing, classy period piece.

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

October 22, 2009
Leonard Maltin
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September 25, 2009
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