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Laurence Anyways (2013)


Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 58
Fresh: 48
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: Passionate and powerfully acted, Laurence Anyways sometimes strains to achieve its narrative ambitions (and fill its three-hour running time), but ultimately succeeds.

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 19
Fresh: 16
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: Passionate and powerfully acted, Laurence Anyways sometimes strains to achieve its narrative ambitions (and fill its three-hour running time), but ultimately succeeds.


Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 2,089


Movie Info

Laurence, a French teacher and soon-to-be-published author, enjoys an intense and mutually loving relationship with his fiancée, Frédérique. But on the day after his 35th birthday, Laurence confesses to Fred that he longs to become a woman, asking her to support his transformation. The film follows the course of the couple's on-again, off-again relationship throughout the 1990s. (C) Breaking Glass Pictures

Directed By:
Written By:
Xavier Dolan
In Theaters:
Sep 30, 2013
Breaking Glass Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Laurence Anyways

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (10) | DVD (1)

"Laurence Anyways" is a formidable display of French Canadian director Xavier Dolan's prodigious talents, but also a case study of a young talent still finding his way to greatness.He'll get there one day, soon, but this film doesn't quite do it.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Lushly romantic and daringly original.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's all too much, really, including its 21/2-hour-plus running time. But it's also engrossing, an ultimately tender story of a transsexual's transformation over 10 years and its effect on him and the people around him.

Full Review… | July 18, 2013
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

At nearly three hours, it's by turns an extraordinary and exhausting work.

Full Review… | July 3, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Poupaud's quiet moments convey a lofty, poignant introspection, and Clément erupts with grand, if scattershot, furies.

Full Review… | July 1, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

At nearly three hours, it's entirely too long, needlessly padded out with an intrusive interview-framing device.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

Too much music. Too much colour. Too much movie. But a good movie.

Full Review… | July 16, 2014

Suzanne Clement gives one of those legendary, no-holds-barred performances that announces the arrival of a sensational new screen presence.

Full Review… | June 27, 2014
Windy City Times

...a symphony of sound and image, an epic account of a dynamic and complicated relationship, and one of the most powerful and affecting love stories I've seen on film in quite some time.

Full Review… | June 2, 2014
Film School Rejects

Drenching melodrama, reckless, ravishing. Dolan's style, to some, may seem overheated, flamboyant, baroque, immature, indulgent, extravagant, but it is what it is and what it is, at his keenest moments, is fabulous.

Full Review… | April 7, 2014

It's bold, brash, and frequently successful, but also repetitive and ultimately arduous. There simply isn't enough story here to justify the inflated running time and, for many, Laurence Anyways will wear out its welcome.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013

It's far longer than it needs to be. But it's still an absorbing chronicle of a romance in which one partner happens to be transsexual.

Full Review… | October 30, 2013
Seven Days

For every sublime moment the movie has to offer, there's a cinematic dead zone of indulgence that wipes it away, generating a frustrating, occasionally intolerable sit.

Full Review… | October 3, 2013

Rarely have such issues been explored on screen with such intimacy and complexity, even if some of the quirky details in Dolan's epic feels more unfocused than profound.

Full Review… | July 22, 2013

Laurence Anyways has the feel of a personal project that got away from Dolan, full of raw, rough-edged drama in desperate need of discipline and refinement.

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
The Dissolve

One can't help but feel that Dolan & Co. go into a bit too much detail re: the changes faced by Laurence...Nonetheless, there has not been as exhaustive (exhausting?) a look into the Trans(gender) experience before.

Full Review… | July 6, 2013
Movie Dearest

It evidences a hoarder's bond to moments of extravagantly photographed feeling -- no matter that it's often the same feelings being communicated, over and over.

Full Review… | July 4, 2013

Laurence Anyways, Xavier Dolan's third film, acknowledges the messiness of transgendered life, and the sizeable gaps between tolerance, acceptance, and actually going to bed with someone.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Dolan, now on his third film, is confident. He takes his time. The movie is long enough and covers a great enough time span that the word "epic" will be thrown at it.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Paste Magazine

This frequently brilliant epic does more than make us understand the challenges faced by trans people and those who love them - it makes us feel those challenges ourselves.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013

Audience Reviews for Laurence Anyways


Xavier Dolan is fast becoming one of my favorite directors. All of his films possess a modest flamboyance and a stylised confidence. Laurence Anyways is Dolan getting serious but without giving up on his signature traits. It's great to see an alternative film about a Transgender person that doesn't involve said person as a Prostitute, drug addict or suffering from a mental illness. The film is essentially about everyone else, their reactions to Laurence's honesty and the hypocrisy that follows. There is a beautifully tender love story running throughout that is intelligently and realistically portrayed, culminating in yet another stunning finale that I now expect from Dolan.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Dolan's first misstep in his so far promising career. It is true that he had shown before a penchant for over-stylization, but now he just decided he is fabulous enough to make this incredibly pretentious, self-indulgent, artificial and exasperating exercise of style over substance.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

For someone to direct a film such as this at such a tender age is remarkable. Xavier Dolan has the potential to become one of the greatest Canadian directors of all time. I saw this version which I believe is the theatrical version..I missed the longer one released by the Film Festival and I hope I didn't miss out on more intriguing looks at Laurence Alia and his struggles in world where the thinking is still a little backward. Fantastic jobs by the leads. Their relationship sizzles.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

One of my favourites at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, "Laurence Anyways" is a gritty drama showcasing what it means to be constricted by societal "norms" of being a certain gender. Xavier Dolan exercises his mind, coming up with some of the most visually captivating and stylized sequences which when paired with electropop beats, produce some of the most stimulating scenes. There is style, but there is substance too. The leads, Melvil Poupaud and Suzanne Clement, are riveting to watch as they interact and feed off each other's energy. âLaurence Anywaysâ? is polarizing in both its content and its product but it succeeds more than it sinks. I haven't seen any of Dolanâ(TM)s other films, but I'll make it a point to do so now.

Chihoe Ho

Super Reviewer

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