Elles Reviews

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Richard Haridy
Quickflix
November 25, 2013
Elles is undeniably challenging, courageously delving into some immensely messy issues surrounding sexuality and the ways men and women barter in relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matt Pais
RedEye
June 7, 2012
Sexy enough to arouse and honest enough to provide reasons to be turned off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 31, 2012
The three actresses put on a show (including graphic sex scenes), but it's a small show.
Beverly Berning
culturevulture.net
May 28, 2012
The shock factor may put off some, especially men who might feel uncomfortable having their sex portrayed with such cruel strokes (including male film critics-this film has been panned by so many of them) ...
James Verniere
Boston Herald
May 11, 2012
Yes, I know, it's the obvious semi-feminist take on the oldest profession in the world, and yes, men are pigs.
Full Review | Original Score: B minus
Top Critic
April 26, 2012
The sex scenes are attention-getting, but Elles is most remarkable as a naturalistic portrait of a woman.
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
April 26, 2012
As an essay on women's roles in society and cross-generational female desire, the film provides many questions with no easy answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
April 26, 2012
Elles is racy and often sexy, but underneath that simmers an old-school feminist anger.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 25, 2012
An emotionally rich and nuanced performance by Juliette Binoche as a woman journalist experiencing a sexual crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
April 20, 2012
Well acted and shrewdly directed by Malgorzata Szumowska.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Hughes
Empire Magazine
April 15, 2012
Another bravura performance from Juliette Binoche glosses over the flaws in a soft-focused glimpse at the seamier side of student life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
April 9, 2012
Binoche is, as always, superb, but Malgorzata Szumowska's film won't tell you much about the oldest profession that you didn't already know - and Binoche's marital clashes feel like a standard feminist tract circa 1975.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 15, 2013
Polish director Małgorzata Szumowska deserves some sort of award for making such a potentially spell-binding topic so flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
February 1, 2013
I can't tell what Elles has to say and I rather think the filmmakers don't either
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
February 1, 2013
There is an element of voyeurism and titillation by design that seeps out in the realisation of the narrative
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 26, 2012
| Original Score: C
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 21, 2012
This Paris-based film from Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska is a fairly unengaging journalism procedural shellacked with a veneer of elliptical, complicated symbolism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 21, 2012
It's not great, but it could lead to interesting discussion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 7, 2012
Writer-director Malgorzata Szumowska breaks past the facile moralizing only once.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 7, 2012
"Elles" has a surprisingly deep performance in a disappointingly shallow movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
April 27, 2012
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