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Le Mépris (Contempt) Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Instinctively self-reflexive, "Contempt" ("Le Mepris") is one of Jean-Luc Goddard's brightest achievements

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A

October 7, 2013
Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
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Possibly Godard's most melancholy film and probably his most beautiful ...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 3, 2013
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

A rich and heady cocktail of the various things swimming around in Jean-Luc Godard's mind at the time of its production.

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

September 1, 2013
Dan Jardine
Daily-Reviews

Who is the Godard guy and how could he make something as humdrum yet full-of-itself as Contempt?

Full Review Source: Daily-Reviews | Original Score: 62/100

July 12, 2011
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Godard's self-reflexive meditation about love, marriage, and filmmaking is a masterpiece, which among other things, proves that sex symbol Brigitte Bardot could act.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A

April 9, 2011
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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What's the price of selling out? Contempt asks the question of its characters, its audience, and its own director.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 4/4

April 11, 2008
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Godard has finally dared to get serious, achieving not mock pathos but a perfect tragedy.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 6/6

March 14, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's talky and filled with broken rhythms and a running stream of thoughts, and is boldly told in exaggerated stylized terms.

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

November 6, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

An expensive international production, but still one of Godard's most personal and most perverse films.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

August 9, 2004
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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Godard sets interesting scenes, with provocative color combinations and a suggestive pictorial flow. But out of it all comes nothing -- or very little that tells you why this wife is so contemptuous of her husband. Maybe he should be contemptuous of her!

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 20, 2003
Jeremiah Kipp
ToxicUniverse.com

Screw Adaptation and its lack of temerity. Contempt is a meta-movie that places the onus back on the viewer. How are we to sensibly respond, and is there any sense in that at all?

Full Review Source: ToxicUniverse.com | Original Score: 5/5

February 15, 2003
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

While Contempt is seen by many as Godard's most "commercial" or "mainstream" film, it is also one of his most emotionally stirring and deeply felt.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 29, 2002
Matt Langdon
Filmcritic.com

A superlative film about many things, including the making of a film, the break-up of a married couple, and the parallels between the contemporary New Wave world (of 1963) and the classical (Old Wave) world of Homer.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

December 12, 2002
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A powerful, uncomfortable and essential work.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 25, 2002
Derek Smith
Apollo Guide

It is not just the uniqueness of the narrative structure or the boldly original story that make Contempt such a fantastic film, but also Godard's typically original and mind-bogglingly beautiful imagery that make the it one of a kind.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 93/100

September 21, 2002

Boxoffice Magazine

The star pouts prettily, as always; Palance is fascinatingly evil; and famed director Fritz Lang plays himself with aplomb.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

June 5, 2002
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

One of my favorite Godard films.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 28, 2002
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Inevitably a melancholy film, but a memorable one as well.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

February 13, 2001
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews

A fine film about the pressures of filmmaking. And it's an even finer film about the tragedy of marital dissolution.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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It emerges as one of Godard's most emotional films.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 1, 2000
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