I've Loved You So Long Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
December 24, 2008
As much as Thomas transcends her typically reserved, austere presence, it's not quite enough to give the movie the emotional weight it so desperately reaches for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 23, 2008
Solicitously shepherding us into the shallows of the therapeutic women's novel, Claudel tamps down his magnificently intransigent Hedda Gabler, and makes her gently weep just when she should be baying at the moon.
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
September 23, 2008
So note-perfect are the performances from all the cast in I've Loved You So Long that you want them to inhabit a film that is somehow less contrived and more honest.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 5, 2008
I've Loved You So Long is very thin and artificial; characters behave erratically and illogically for no other reason than to serve the forward thrust of the plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 26, 2008
As a mood-piece the film sits on a pedestal, rather, waiting to be admired.
Jon Frosch
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
September 10, 2010
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.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
November 11, 2008
If this movie is as patient, delicate, and introspective as it pretends, what to make of all the bludgeoning, obvious tactics that keep serving to remind us of its impeccable tact?
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 6, 2009
Too predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
October 24, 2008
For whatever blessings Claudel received with his cast and his admirable writing, Claudel takes very few chances with the material as a director and it sticks the film in neutral
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
November 12, 2008
Locked into a scheme of formal rigor and peek-a-boo screenwriting, the film is too busy calling attention to its own cleverness to allow any room for emotional connection.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 31, 2008
Philippe Claudel is a successful French novelist, so it's odd that his filmmaking debut suffers more from narrative than cinematic flaws.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 9, 2009
The ending is a cop-out: It lets the audience off the hook while congratulating it for its empathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
February 13, 2009
The movie's fascinating when it tracks Juliette's tentative, almost unwilling progress back into society.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dave White
Movies.com
October 24, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 9, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Paul Gallagher
Future Movies UK
October 24, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 30, 2008
This is one of Kristin Scott Thomas' most inspired performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 21, 2008
I've Loved You So Long is the kind of film that will bore to tears those who do not enjoy simple, unforced character dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pete Hammond
Hollywood.com
October 24, 2008
With sparse emotion and very slowly evolving detail, writer/director Philippe Claudel's mood drama reveals long-held secrets and passions simmering under the radar.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
January 9, 2009
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Irish Times
October 18, 2008
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