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I've Loved You So Long (2008)


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

Critics Consensus: 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
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 39
Rotten: 3

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


Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 22,342


Movie Info

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 … More

PG-13 (for thematic material and smoking)
Drama , Art House & International , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Philippe Claudel
In Theaters:
Mar 3, 2009
Box Office:
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for I've Loved You So Long

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (109) | Rotten (15) | DVD (8)

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.

Full Review… | January 16, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 9, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 8, 2008
Top Critic

Despite its flaws, the movie pulls you in with its squarely realistic setting and subdued performances. Best of all is Thomas.

Full Review… | November 25, 2008
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

[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.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
The New Republic
Top Critic

Utterly absorbing.

November 21, 2008
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 10, 2010

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

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
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.

Full Review… | November 2, 2009
Uruguay Total

Too predictable.

Full Review… | April 6, 2009
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.

Full Review… | March 20, 2009
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.

Full Review… | March 14, 2009
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.

Full Review… | March 10, 2009

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.

Full Review… | February 27, 2009
Austin Chronicle

Madeline Goes to Prison tops Madea Goes to Jail

Full Review… | February 27, 2009

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

Full Review… | February 26, 2009
Apollo Guide

Don't let the Harlequin Romance title fool you.

Full Review… | February 26, 2009
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.

Full Review… | February 13, 2009
Charlotte Observer

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

Full Review… | February 9, 2009
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.

Full Review… | February 6, 2009
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.

Full Review… | February 3, 2009
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.

Full Review… | January 30, 2009
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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

Full Review… | January 25, 2009

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.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer


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.

Saskia D.

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.

danny d

Super Reviewer

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.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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