In Praise Of Love (Éloge de l'amour) Reviews

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Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections
April 23, 2005
Love, in Godard's case, is indistinguishable from cinema and thus he sees the growing capitalist machine as a threat to both.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 5, 2004
Free-associative, unreasonable and stubborn, unresolved, and elegiac in tone, In Praise of Love is a great meditation on memory, aging, and love.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 20, 2003
It's the intellectual ride of your life, as far as moviegoing goes.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 14, 2003
A haunting, intense work, intellectually exploratory yet too emotionally acute in its melancholy to be considered merely academic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Gene Seymour
May 28, 2003
The movie's ripe, enrapturing beauty will tempt those willing to probe its inscrutable mysteries.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 6, 2003
When a character comments 'too many changes are in the air that lack a means of expression,' one senses that Godard, at 72, is still struggling to communicate those changes through the medium of film.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
December 6, 2002
Godard's utterly nonlinear drama explores history and memory, old age and youth, love and art, action and reaction, life and existence, and possibly even more ideas than I was unable to mine in one exhaustive viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Shawn Levy
November 22, 2002
Like most of Godard's films, In Praise of Love makes you stay awake and lean forward.
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
November 20, 2002
Even when he's not at his most critically insightful, Godard can still be smarter than any 50 other filmmakers still at work.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 15, 2002
The trick when watching Godard is to catch the pitch of his poetics, savor the pleasure of his sounds and images, and ponder the historical, philosophical, and ethical issues that intersect with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
October 26, 2002
Memorable images and dialogue worm their way into your psyche and won't let go.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 17, 2002
This is a visually stunning rumination on love, memory, history and the war between art and commerce.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
October 11, 2002
Intriguing and downright intoxicating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Misha Berson
Seattle Times
October 11, 2002
In Praise of Love can bore you to tears at times -- yet leave you in awe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 11, 2002
This slippery, undefined, but gaping loss makes Godard's forceful, elegant, and profound film all the more unshakable.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 2, 2002
For all its bile and incoherence, In Praise of Love is filled with haunting images and insights. Godard may be a lion in winter, but the lion still roars.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 27, 2002
Viewing In Praise of Love... should be approached as if you were attempting to drink out of a waterfall -- you're simply going to miss some.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
September 27, 2002
Shows that Godard is alive and well -- a filmmaker who continues to probe issues and stories that deserve our attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
September 26, 2002
At once dreamy and acrid, startlingly beautiful and numbingly polemical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003

Boston Phoenix
November 18, 2002
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 10, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 2, 2002

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 11, 2002

Irish Times
December 8, 2001

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