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Holy Motors (2012)



Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 138
Fresh: 125 | Rotten: 13

Mesmerizingly strange and willfully perverse, Holy Motors offers an unforgettable visual feast alongside a spellbinding -- albeit unapologetically challenging -- narrative.


Average Rating: 8.3/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 4

Mesmerizingly strange and willfully perverse, Holy Motors offers an unforgettable visual feast alongside a spellbinding -- albeit unapologetically challenging -- narrative.



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From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man... He seems to be playing roles, plunging headlong into each part - but where are the cameras? Monsieur Oscar is alone, accompanied only by Céline, the slender blonde woman behind the wheel of the vast engine that transports him through and around Paris. He's like a conscientious assassin moving from


Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Special Interest

Leos Carax

Feb 26, 2013


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All Critics (138) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (125) | Rotten (13) | DVD (2)

It is never dull.

June 17, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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By the time this film's over, you're shaken, intrigued and reminded that art doesn't need to add up to be entrancing.

January 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Holy Motors is some kind of wonderful.

December 21, 2012 Full Review Source:
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Audiences who care about character and plot are liable to take the exit to a movie that makes sense.

November 29, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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All this random action, Carax suggests, is for some vast, abstract audience anxious to lose itself in imagined narratives.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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This is the kind of it-can-mean-whatever-you-want-it-to-mean art film that I usually run from, but Carax is such a prodigiously gifted mesmerist that, if you give way, you're likely to be enfolded in the film's phantasmagoria.

November 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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Holy Motors is visionary, absurd, melancholy, ecstatic, confounding, and ultimately transcendent. If 2012 spawns a better film I will eat a bouquet of flowers.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix

It is gratifying to discover that mankind is still capable of finding new ways of being weird.

July 21, 2013 Full Review Source:

It's an ingenious, half-mad triumph, and exactly what we expect from outlier Carax-one decade at a time.

June 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

From its enigmatic opening scenes, which sends the viewers into a mysterious voyage a la Alice through the looking glass that ends up in a movie theater, Holy Motors is a celebration of the magic, imagination, and primal power of the movies.

March 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Parallax View
Parallax View

The movie is a puzzle meant to be played and enjoyed, not solved. As Oscar asserts: 'We're having a ball in the back of beyond.'

February 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

...this is a fascinating film experience where you never quite know what's coming next, and feel nothing but fulfilled when the eventual entertainment reveal arrives.

January 29, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Welcome to the latest in WTF cinema, the kind of movie that critics love, general audiences loathe and cinephiles puzzle over.

January 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Read a dozen reviews of "Holy Motors" and you'll mostly get a dozen people scrambling not to admit that they don't quite get it.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

Offering a weird and wonderful tangle of ideas, Carax and Lavant are clearly reveling in the madcap vibe, and together they have created an entertainingly barmy and gag-filled ode to both cinema and what Oscar calls 'the beauty in the act'.

January 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

Surreal and inscrutable, it's visually compelling avante-garde cinema that may leave you wondering, 'What was that about?'

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

It's an absurd, unsafe, inexplicable and unpredictable fantasy... .

January 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The intentionally blurry, perhaps non-existent line between so-called 'reality' and fantasy is either something you are willing to endure, or not, in my case.

January 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Holy Motors é uma declaração de amor ao Cinema, um suspiro de impaciência acerca do Cinema e uma manifestação de desesperança diante do estado atual do Cinema. Uma desesperança que a própria existência do filme se encarrega de suprimir.

December 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Mystifying and emotion-stirring, it demands that you bring yourself

December 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Go along for the ride

December 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

"Holy Motors" is a post-apocalyptic movie, if your idea of the apocalypse was the demise of 35mm film and the rise of YouTube culture.

December 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Carax has always been an enfant terrible with taste for excess, but Holy Motors, which has just won the L.A. Critics for Best Foreign Film, is his most original, shocking, and entertaining work to date.

December 10, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Audience Reviews for Holy Motors

This film is very weird, and I am with the majority in thinking this. The film follows a man as he runs around town in a limousine with his faithful driver, put into different scenes that make no sense when put together, and then goes home. The first scene includes a motion capture simulated sex scene, followed by a blind hooligan kidnapping a model, and an accordion march through a church. There's many more scenes like this, and no, it doesn't make sense altogether. Even the ending doesn't make any sense, and it's the main resolution. The main thing to think about when watching this film is the beauty, the eccentricities in every scene, the amazing music, mood, cinematography. It's just an amazing feat of filmmaking and that is something I am with the majority as well. It's a bit slow and quiet at times, but it's something worth sticking with. Besides that, the performance Denis Lavant is spectacular, queer, awesome, and intriguing, all at once.
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July 1, 2013
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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The only "talking cars" movie worse than "Cars 2".

Aside from an Andy Serkis-esque lead preformance from the chameleon Denis Lavant, "Holy Motors" is nothing more than pretentious nonsense, pandering to the type of fim geek who attempts to find deeper meaning in randomness.

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March 9, 2013
Markus Emilio Robinson
Markus Robinson

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It's open to interpretation really. It's a surreal mix of performance art, Avatorism and existentialism wrapped up in a beautifully visual love letter to Paris. Or was it? I don't know, but I liked it.

Film is not the art of scholars, but of illiterates."
- Werner Herzog
February 1, 2013

Super Reviewer

    1. M. Oscar: Celine, we have to laugh before midnight.
    2. Celine: We'll do our best, Mr. Oscar.
    3. M. Oscar: Who knows if we'll laugh in the next life?
    – Submitted by Charles R (14 months ago)
    1. Eva/Jean: Take my hand. Let's walk. Most likely we'll never see each other again.
    – Submitted by Ahmad M (15 months ago)
    1. L'accordéoniste: 3! 12! Shit!
    – Submitted by Simon O (21 months ago)
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