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

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Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Godard has created such a hermetic, uncompromising world that only the hardiest cinematic spelunkers are likely to appreciate its depths.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

June 20, 2003
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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It's the intellectual ride of your life, as far as moviegoing goes.

June 20, 2003
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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A haunting, intense work, intellectually exploratory yet too emotionally acute in its melancholy to be considered merely academic.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 4/4

June 14, 2003
Gene Seymour
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The movie's ripe, enrapturing beauty will tempt those willing to probe its inscrutable mysteries.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

May 28, 2003
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
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The best indication of the film's pretentiousness comes from recurrent images of a book with blank pages, as if to point out that Godard has nothing to say, but so what? Let's throw in a few images and people will come anyway.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1/4

December 6, 2002
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Godard ceased being a voice in the wilderness and became a voice in the wind, howling against demons that refused even to acknowledge his protests.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

November 15, 2002
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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 Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 4/4

November 15, 2002
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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November 10, 2002

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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November 2, 2002
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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In Praise of Love sifts the rubble of emotions whose fires have long been banked.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

November 1, 2002
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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Memorable images and dialogue worm their way into your psyche and won't let go.

| Original Score: 4/5

October 26, 2002
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Feels like the work of an artist who is simply tired -- of fighting the same fights, of putting the weight of the world on his shoulders, of playing with narrative form.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C-

October 24, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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What strange confusion besets Jean-Luc Godard? He stumbles through the wreckage of this film like a baffled Lear, seeking to exercise power that is no longer his.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1/4

October 18, 2002
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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This is a visually stunning rumination on love, memory, history and the war between art and commerce.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

October 17, 2002
Misha Berson
Seattle Times
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In Praise of Love can bore you to tears at times -- yet leave you in awe.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 11, 2002
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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In terms of contribution to cinematic art, [Godard's] new film adds very little to what he has already given us.

October 8, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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

October 2, 2002
Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
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Shows that Godard is alive and well -- a filmmaker who continues to probe issues and stories that deserve our attention.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

September 27, 2002
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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At once dreamy and acrid, startlingly beautiful and numbingly polemical.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 3/4

September 26, 2002
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Godard uses his characters -- if that's not too glorified a term -- as art things, mouthpieces, visual motifs, blanks.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

September 26, 2002
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Like the best of Godard's movies ... it is visually ravishing, penetrating, impenetrable.

September 19, 2002
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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A welcome return to a more accessible Godard.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 9, 2002
Charles Taylor
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The work of an exhausted, desiccated talent who can't get out of his own way.

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September 6, 2002
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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In my own very humble opinion, In Praise of Love lacks even the most fragmented charms I have found in almost all of his previous works.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

September 6, 2002
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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In Praise of Love leaves a taste as bitter as poison ash.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

September 5, 2002
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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The beautiful images and solemn words cannot disguise the slack complacency of [Godard's] vision, any more than the gorgeous piano and strings on the soundtrack can drown out the tinny self-righteousness of his voice.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 5, 2002
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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Godard has always made films that are as thrilling for their ideas and ideals as for the sheer beauty of their images; the difference here is that for the first time in years he's more interested in turning us on than in turning us off.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 5, 2002
John Powers
L.A. Weekly
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Godard has never made a more sheerly beautiful film than this unexpectedly moving meditation on love, history, memory, resistance and artistic transcendence.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 5, 2002
Mike D'Angelo
Time Out New York
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Impenetrable pseudo-philosophical gibberish.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 18/100

September 3, 2002
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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There's a narrative -- and an argument -- here, but what's moving first, and also finally, is the movie's mournful celebration of its sensuous being.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 3, 2002
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Heartbreaking, elegiac, contentious and mordantly funny.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

January 18, 2002
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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What might have been readily dismissed as the tiresome rant of an aging filmmaker still thumbing his nose at convention takes a surprising, subtle turn at the midway point.

October 16, 2001
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