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

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
January 19, 2013
The strength of director Jacques Audiard's film is that he refuses to elicit pity from the audience for his protagonists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
January 19, 2013
Like a carnival barker or presidential candidate, Rust and Bone promises far more than it delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 18, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
January 18, 2013
Marion Cotillard impresses in this intimate, harsh and realistic study of two troubled souls.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
January 18, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
January 18, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 17, 2013
Audiard juxtaposes Schoenaerts' physicality with Cotillard's disability and explores their mutual vulnerability in haunting and suggestive fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
January 17, 2013
Has significant blemishes that don't quite come out in the wash...but the picture persists on the strength of its committed performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
January 15, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 11, 2013
The movie wanders off course in the final act, as if none of its three screenwriters could quite figure out how to end it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 11, 2013
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 11, 2013
"Rust and Bone" has heart and soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 10, 2013
"Rust and Bone" seems to wander unexpectedly into its heart; it feels organic in its casual unfolding, like life itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
January 10, 2013
Hits us harder in the head than in the heart, but packs a wallop nonetheless.
Stan Hall
Oregonian
January 10, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
January 10, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 5, 2013
Interesting, but emotionally and dramatically flat
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 3, 2013
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.
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Michael Nordine
L.A. Weekly
January 2, 2013
A disappointing use of Cotillard's estimable talent buoyed by striking visuals and inspired use of a Katy Perry song.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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