Elles comes across as a very peculiar beast indeed.
| Original Score: 2/5
In spite of an original storyline and the amazing talent of Juliette Binoche, Elles fails to deliver on a perceived promise to deconstruct, re-define, or re-imagine notions of female sexuality.
| Original Score: 5.2/10
It's entirely too much for co-writer/director Malgoska Szumowska to coherently flesh out in an hour and a half, especially with so much time dedicated just to the state of arousal.
Like that opening sex scene, presented just muddily enough to seem both slightly lurid and tastefully grave, Elles comes off as equally simplistic and indistinct.
| Original Score: 2/4
"Elles" has a surprisingly deep performance in a disappointingly shallow movie.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It's not great, but it could lead to interesting discussion.
Szumowska attempts to draw an equivalence between Anne's line of work and that of her young subjects, but fails to make anything meaningful stick.
There is an element of voyeurism and titillation by design that seeps out in the realisation of the narrative
I can't tell what Elles has to say and I rather think the filmmakers don't either
Polish director Małgorzata Szumowska deserves some sort of award for making such a potentially spell-binding topic so flat.
| Original Score: 1/5
Beneath its sophisticated Frenchness and Juliette Binoche-led cast, Elles is gratuitous garbage.
An interesting subject but a dull film.
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| Original Score: 2.5/5
Director Malgorzata Szumowska seems intent on drowning her film and her leading lady in campy erotic imagery.
A rather dull and smug experience.
It feels like a portrait of a fleeting bourgeois crisis, something Binoche performs well but which feels skin deep when the film is flirting with more fleshy issues.
The film is perhaps too even-handedly in love with the sisterhood it portrays.
A ponderous, self-satisfied drama that can't be saved by a characteristically nuanced performance from Juliette Binoche. A would-be character study that comes across as a plodding and muddled adaptation of a didactic women's studies term paper.
| Original Score: C-
In case you have forgotten, all women are prostitutes, and all men are johns.
This is not an entirely new idea. Nor does "Elles" offer any new insights into either domestic slavery or sex work. But it does offer a lot of sex, which for some will be just fine.
| Original Score: 1.5/4