• Unrated, 2 hr. 41 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Xavier Dolan
    In Theaters:
    Jun 28, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Sep 30, 2013
  • Breaking Glass Pictures


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Laurence Anyways Reviews

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Dan Jardine

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

Full Review Source: Cinemania | Original Score: 74/100

July 16, 2014
Richard Knight
Windy City Times

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

Full Review Source: Windy City Times

June 27, 2014
Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects

...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 Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: A-

June 2, 2014
Ray Pride

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 Source: Newcity

April 7, 2014
Richard Haridy

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 Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 25, 2013
Margot Harrison
Seven Days

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 Source: Seven Days | Original Score: 8/10

October 30, 2013
David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
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"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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 10, 2013
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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Lushly romantic and daringly original.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 12, 2013
Todd Jorgenson

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 Source: Cinemalogue.com

July 22, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

July 18, 2013
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

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 Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 3/5

July 11, 2013
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

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 Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: B+

July 6, 2013

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

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

July 3, 2013
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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Poupaud's quiet moments convey a lofty, poignant introspection, and Clément erupts with grand, if scattershot, furies.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

July 1, 2013
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine

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 Source: Film Comment Magazine

June 28, 2013
Joe Peeler
Paste 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 Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 8.8/10

June 28, 2013
Brian Juergens

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 Source: AfterElton.com | Original Score: 9/10

June 28, 2013
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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[Mr. Dolan] perfectly evokes the violating effect of a stranger's scrutiny and the imponderable depths of a lover's gaze.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

June 28, 2013
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist

Laurence Anyways contains a voice so pronounced, and so specific, that Dolan is going to be one to watch for years to come.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: B

June 27, 2013
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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For all of its transgender drama, "Laurence Anyways" remains a love story, pure but not so simple.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

June 27, 2013
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