Contempt Reviews

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Cole Smithey
October 7, 2013
Instinctively self-reflexive, "Contempt" ("Le Mepris") is one of Jean-Luc Goddard's brightest achievements
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
September 3, 2013
Possibly Godard's most melancholy film and probably his most beautiful ...
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
September 1, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Dan Jardine
July 12, 2011
Who is the Godard guy and how could he make something as humdrum yet full-of-itself as Contempt?
Full Review | Original Score: 62/100
Emanuel Levy
April 9, 2011
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 | Original Score: A
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 11, 2008
What's the price of selling out? Contempt asks the question of its characters, its audience, and its own director.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 6, 2005
It's talky and filled with broken rhythms and a running stream of thoughts, and is boldly told in exaggerated stylized terms.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 9, 2004
An expensive international production, but still one of Godard's most personal and most perverse films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeremiah Kipp
February 15, 2003
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 | Original Score: 5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
December 29, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Langdon
December 12, 2002
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 25, 2002
A powerful, uncomfortable and essential work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Derek Smith
Apollo Guide
September 21, 2002
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 | Original Score: 93/100

Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
The star pouts prettily, as always; Palance is fascinatingly evil; and famed director Fritz Lang plays himself with aplomb.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
One of my favorite Godard films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
Inevitably a melancholy film, but a memorable one as well.
David N. Butterworth
January 1, 2000
A fine film about the pressures of filmmaking. And it's an even finer film about the tragedy of marital dissolution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Charles Taylor
January 1, 2000
It emerges as one of Godard's most emotional films.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Contempt was Jean-Luc Godard's 1963 attempt at a big-budget, big- star production, and more or less satisfied his curiosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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