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I've Loved You So Long (2008)



Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 124
Fresh: 109 | Rotten: 15

I've Loved You So Long is a sublimely acted family drama as well as a noteworthy directorial debut from Phillipe Claudel.


Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 3

I've Loved You So Long is a sublimely acted family drama as well as a noteworthy directorial debut from Phillipe Claudel.



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Their relationship fractured when older sister Juliette is sentenced to 15 years in prison, two siblings wage an emotional battle to rebuild their relationship, overcome the secrets that keep them apart, and finally express the thoughts that have lain dormant for well over a decade. The moment Juliette was convicted, her parents declared that they wanted nothing to do with her. Now, after 15 years behind bars, Juliette is a free woman and in desperate need of a human connection. When Juliette's

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In a few moments the British actress, playing a haunted woman named Juliette, will begin speaking French, but in these moments her face reveals more than any dialogue.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Newsday
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In a profession that routinely casts aside leading ladies when they hit 40, it's a shame a great one had to take her act to France to remind us that actors, like wines, only improve with age.

January 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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This is a thriller, though, in the sense that it is a thrill to watch Scott-Thomas give one of the finest performances of the year.

December 8, 2008 Full Review Source:
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Despite its flaws, the movie pulls you in with its squarely realistic setting and subdued performances. Best of all is Thomas.

November 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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[The] final twist undoes the film to some degree, [but] it cannot undo Scott Thomas's performance, one of the marvels of this, or any, cinematic year.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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Utterly absorbing.

November 21, 2008
Miami Herald
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Kristin Scott Thomas seems to want to move things in a ( ... )more challenging direction, but I've Loved You So Long is too polite, too bent on being emotionally accessible, to follow her.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

A riveting character piece which will stir the soul upon completion.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Un relato sensible y sutil sobre la reconstrucción de un vínculo interrumpido traumáticamente. Más que atendible debut en la dirección del escritor Philippe Claudel, con estupendas actuaciones de sus protagonistas femeninas.

November 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Too predictable.

April 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The well-drawn, intriguing characters and vividly realistic situations make for an interesting story that holds your attention. The conversations are natural and succinct.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

Philippe Claudel's "I've Loved You So Long" finds Kristen Scott Thomas giving one of last year's best performances in one of last year's better films.

March 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

The last-act revelation leaves the audience off the hook in a way that's more common for a soothing Hollywood picture than this sort of challenging French import.

March 10, 2009 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm

In the hands of Kristin Scott Thomas it becomes the story of one woman's struggle with the events of her life...

March 7, 2009

Remarkable directorial debut of French novelist Claudel.

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Madeline Goes to Prison tops Madea Goes to Jail

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source:

Reminds us of how truly brilliant filmmaking needs none of the technology and bombast Hollywood has come to depend on.

February 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Don't let the Harlequin Romance title fool you.

February 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Claudel has made a very special kind of star vehicle -- the kind that's also a very good movie overall.

February 20, 2009
Sacramento Bee

The movie's fascinating when it tracks Juliette's tentative, almost unwilling progress back into society.

February 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

The ending is a cop-out: It lets the audience off the hook while congratulating it for its empathy.

February 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Thomas and Zylberstein are exceptional beyond the film itself, which demands deliberation and made me wish that it delivered a more memorable payoff for that patience.

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Tulsa World
Tulsa World

The detail in I've Loved You So Long is incredible. There's a tightness of structure that makes no moment seem inessential.

February 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

This isn't a movie about big emotional breakthroughs, but about the slow thaw taking place in Juliette's heart, and writer-director Philippe Claudel and the actors do an excellent job in charting a series of small, telling steps forward.

January 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

'I've Loved You So Long' feels convincing even when jolting developments occur.

January 25, 2009 Full Review Source:

A good movie with a great performance, I've Loved You So Long is about one rewrite away from perfection.

January 23, 2009
Kansas City Star

Audience Reviews for I've Loved You So Long

Kristin Scott Thomas puts this film on her back and carries it with her astounding performance as a long lost sister, returning to her family after incarceration for a crime that, sorry, I can't tell you before you watch the movie. The story keeps you watching based on one question: why? Everything you see, you don't know why it's happening, but as the story moves forward, you get new information that keeps you looking backward, assembling the events yourself. It's kind of like you're a member of the family as well, having little breakthroughs along the way. Some reviewers have called this manipulative, but I would say it's quite the opposite, a good story well told. It's an honest and original film that should not be missed.
March 25, 2012

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A quiet drama. After 15 years in prison, Juliette Fontaine comes back into the community. She has to reconnect with her sister, the world and more important; herself. One look in those empty sad eyes and you can't help but feel deeply moved; what happened to this woman, what is her story? Kristin Scott Thomas was amazing.
November 8, 2011

Super Reviewer

a powerful film with wonderful performances, a masterful screenplay, and near perfect direction by claudel. the final scene is absolutely masterful, evoking wonder at the beauty of creation as well as sympathy for the struggles of the characters at a level rarely achieved in film. the themes in the film seem executed perfectly, and the subject matter unique enough that ive never seen a film quite like it. a great film.
February 6, 2011
danny d

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After 15 years in prison, Juliette is trying to put the pieces of her life back together. Il y a Longtemps que Je T'aime is less about redemption than it is about empathy and understanding. A stirring portrayal of parents and children and sacrifice.
May 8, 2010
Randy Tippy

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