Donkey Skin (Peau d'âne) Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 14, 2007
An odd but charming combination of a number of fairy tales, blended with anachronistically modern touches and mixed up with adult themes disguised in the form of mythic euphemisms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Even on paper this couldn't have seemed such a terrific idea.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 11, 2005
Donkey Skin is told with the simplicity and beauty of a child's fairy tale, but with emotional undertones and a surrealistic style that adults are more likely to appreciate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
June 4, 2005
If you see just one film with a donkey that craps gold and jewels, see this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine
May 9, 2005
There's plenty of disguised sex in Donkey Skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 5, 2005
[B]ursts with wild colors, a simmering sexuality, and a Broadway-style score... this is a sumptuous experience, emotionally, visually, and aurally...
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 10, 2005
It's both innocent and bizarre, with a mischievous sense of fantasy marked by simple but striking cinematic magic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
January 14, 2005
Even if the restoration doesn't make Donkey Skin this New Wave icon's best effort, it's now that much more worthy of keeping company with The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 6, 2005
Tuneful, colorful, delightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
December 23, 2004
An ironically enchanting entertainment for grown-ups.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
December 21, 2004
Demy loved romantic naďveté, but he loved the wreckage of human whim just as much, and for him this chestnut harbored both in its shell.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 29, 2004
Demy creates a surreal dream world that is estranged from the reality of time or place.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
It doesn't come off, despite a dazzling color design and imaginative sets, perhaps because Demy's extremely rarefied talent for fantasy needs to be anchored by a touch of the real.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 20, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 4, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
May 20, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5

Boston Phoenix
March 2, 2005
Fiona A. Villella
Senses of Cinema
May 30, 2001
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