De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) Reviews

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Ray Pride
April 10, 2014

Audiard visits a physicality that isn't necessarily female or male, but of the body, and toward the body, as in Cotillard's wide, lidded eyes when she watches him punching, thumping and bleeding in illegal bare-fisted takedown fights.

Eric D. Snider
Top Critic
July 27, 2013

An emotionally gripping if slightly meandering drama marked by two powerful lead performances.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine
June 20, 2013

It's a film for people who believe that fallen souls aren't inevitably destined to become lost ones.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 27, 2013

...while all the admittedly well-wrought details engage us on an intellectual level and keep us watching, the film doesn't linger in the imagination the way truly great cinema does

Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
Simon Weaving
April 23, 2013

there is no denying the cinematic power of Audiard's fearless storytelling

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Melin
April 15, 2013

Rust and Bone is a tough, emotionally raw movie, but its not a difficult watch, and its a very skillfully rendered piece of neo-realism.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Schembri
April 12, 2013

The notion of strings-free sex gets a good working over from director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet), who takes as much pride in exploring the workings of Stephanie's troubled mind as he does in digitally removing her legs.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
April 2, 2013

The film achieves what all dramatic films should strive for: complete audience empathy for the main characters. I cared for these two so deeply, and the many, many moments of quiet triumph gave me rushes of joy. A beautiful triumph of precision.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rima Sabina Aouf
Concrete Playground
March 31, 2013

Rust and Bone is an unsentimentally lyrical triumph, unexpected in every way.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
March 28, 2013

For a film that deals in different forms of agony it's rather pleasant. A portrait of family that's refreshing with the right emotional punch.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
March 28, 2013

Pulsates with life, romance, and bare-knuckle boxing

Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 22, 2013

This multi-layered film with its characters tossed like flotsam on fate's giant, unpredictable waves drenches us in the intimate details of characters

Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 22, 2013

Two damaged souls find solace together in this gritty drama in which physical pain and disfigurement play a key role ... a stunningly delivered exposition

James Plath
Movie Metropolis
March 15, 2013

Audiard crafts a film with logical scenic construction yet surprising turns of events, with the drama never devolving into melodrama.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Catherine Bray
March 4, 2013

Rather like a persuasive pick-up artist, I'm not sure Rust & Bone is a film I'd want to spend a second night with, for fear of shattering the emotional illusion.

Kam Williams
March 3, 2013

A 'Salt of the Earth' saga plumbing the depths of the human soul.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dan Lybarger
KC Active
February 1, 2013

Through restraint, French director Jacques Audiard does a better job of tugging on viewers' hearts than most filmmakers can achieve with excess.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
January 23, 2013

Filmmaking this self-indulgent screams "refund" in any language.

John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 22, 2013

In 'Rust and Bone,' Marion Cotillard loses both legs but retains her hotness. This might seem like an inappropriate observation, but it's very much to the point of this very physical French romance of redemptive suffering from director Jacques Audiard.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
January 20, 2013

This is a very different film to Audiard's most recent release - the impressive A Prophet - but it has a similar sense of maturity about it, and could well have acting awards aplenty heading its way in the coming months.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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