Even if you're like me and find most musical biopics depressingly formulaic, you might think Oliver Dahan's Edith Piaf movie is a slight cut above.
The French, as is widely known, adore suffering. That's why they love Leonard Cohen, Bud Powell, and Jim Thompson.
No regrets for Cottilard's dedication, but plenty for the clichéd pap of the biopic genre
In La Vie en Rose, Marion Cotillard has the role of a lifetime. And she relishes it.
| Original Score: 3.0/5
Quite simply, is the best movie I have seen all year.
| Original Score: 10/10
Marion Cotillard's Oscar win? Totally justified...Many questions remain for those of us unschooled in Piaf lore. I was confused by some of the causes even as I felt the emotional effects, thanks to deep performances.
| Original Score: 4/5
Much like the colorful life of the film's subject, La Vie en Rose explores the strange and emotional life of torch singer Edith Piaf and gives Marion Cotillard an Oscar for her tremendous performance.
| Original Score: 3/4
Cotillard joins Ben Kingsley (Gandhi) and Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) in so completely embodying a role that it seems more possession than performance.
| Original Score: 7/10
Here is what made the woman tick, if you need facts, find them in a book, if you want to understand her soul, see this film
| Original Score: 5/5
Acaba funcionando mais como atestado do talento de sua protagonista, Marion Cotillard, do que como um tributo digno da magnífica cantora que esta interpreta.
| Original Score: 3/5
This isn't the first time Piaf's life has been brought to the screen and it probably won't be the last, but Cotillard makes this particular version stand apart.
Marion Cotillard is the only reason to sit through La Vie En Rose, a biopic that compounds its basic tediousness by fracturing its narrative in a vain effort to mask a stale rise-and-fall arc.
| Original Score: C+
Edith Piaf has plenty of tragedy in her life, so the movie is dark and moody, but it's compelling and Marion Cotillard's performance is impossible to forget.
It's a mixed bag, snippets of Piaf's life in no particular order, crowned by one fantastic performance by Cotillard.
| Original Score: C
Dahan's film is less an ode or a valentine, more of a spectacle of pity, mainly worth watching for Cotillard.
A relentlessly-depressing, warts-and-all biopic which depicts the untimely demise of a diva due to the toll taken on her body and soul by a combination of unfortunate disasters.
| Original Score: 2/4
French Edith Piaf biopic sings one lady's blues.
Marion Cotillard is perfection itself in this role.
| Original Score: 8/10
... one of the best films about a great artist to be made since Milos Forman's Amadeus. Cotillard deserves an Oscar.
| Original Score: A-
Expect nominations for this film.