The strength of director Jacques Audiard's film is that he refuses to elicit pity from the audience for his protagonists.
| Original Score: 3/4
Like a carnival barker or presidential candidate, Rust and Bone promises far more than it delivers.
| Original Score: 2/4
Though Stéphanie's legs are removed from sight through the wonders of digital film effects, the character will remain in your consciousness like a phantom limb.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Marion Cotillard impresses in this intimate, harsh and realistic study of two troubled souls.
| Original Score: B
The story is what it is, and other than the ridiculous ending crisis, isn't bad. What drives the film is Marion Cotillard's acting.
| Original Score: 4/5
It moves at its own, often slow pace, but Marion Cotillard gives another great performance and the visual effects that turn her into a double amputee are astonishing.
| Original Score: 3/5
Audiard juxtaposes Schoenaerts' physicality with Cotillard's disability and explores their mutual vulnerability in haunting and suggestive fashion.
Has significant blemishes that don't quite come out in the wash...but the picture persists on the strength of its committed performances.
A lesser director would not have breathed life into Rust and Bone, but Audiard directs with skill and sensitivity, even when his characters lack those attributes.
| Original Score: 3.0/5
The movie wanders off course in the final act, as if none of its three screenwriters could quite figure out how to end it.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
"Rust" has some lovely scenes - Alain carrying Stephanie out to the sea - but it seems to wander off in search of something it already has, and in wandering, it loses its way.
| Original Score: C+
"Rust and Bone" has heart and soul.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
"Rust and Bone" seems to wander unexpectedly into its heart; it feels organic in its casual unfolding, like life itself.
Hits us harder in the head than in the heart, but packs a wallop nonetheless.
It doesn't have the same absorbing, epic qualities of "A Prophet." But Audiard's craft is still arresting, and the film hums with beauty, vigor and blood.
| Original Score: B+
You couldn't ask for a more random relationship, but "Rust and Bone" slowly, almost magically, gives it meaning, symbolism, even a kind of symmetry.
Interesting, but emotionally and dramatically flat
The masterful writer-director Jacques Audiard draws vivid performances from Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts for this gripping French romance about the body and the soul.
A disappointing use of Cotillard's estimable talent buoyed by striking visuals and inspired use of a Katy Perry song.
When Rust and Bone tells a story of a woman's recovery from a devastating injury, it hits all the right notes, traveling a path that is poignant without being mawkish and triumphant without being saccharine.