• 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

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
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

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
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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At nearly three hours, it's entirely too long, needlessly padded out with an intrusive interview-framing device.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

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
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
Tomas Hachard
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Without belittling the challenges and prejudices Laurence faces, Dolan places her story into larger contexts, posing questions about conformity, heartbreak, love and self-fulfillment.

Full Review Source: NPR

June 27, 2013
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
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A nearly three-hour epic, a melodrama writ large, and blessed with a young man's ambition.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

June 27, 2013
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Forgive this film its marvelous moodiness-someone needs to go there once in a while.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

June 25, 2013
Calum Marsh
Village Voice
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Both deeply refreshing and important.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 25, 2013
Rob Nelson
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Fully immodest and intermittently astonishing.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 24, 2013
Olivia Collette
Chicago Sun-Times
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[It] zeroes in on the impact of transgender on a relationship, and tries to understand what makes two people stay together or fall apart.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

June 21, 2013
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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A well-acted drama about two anguished lovers struggling with their own flaws and an unjust society.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 21, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The story just doesn't have the heft that its 161-minute running time implies. It's about an hour longer than the story requires, even for one that spans decades.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

September 20, 2012
Karina Longworth
L.A. Weekly
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If anything, it's a bold manifesto aimed at critics like me who have slagged the filmmaker off as all style and no substance.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

May 21, 2012
Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
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It's just too damn much, frankly.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

May 20, 2012
Stephen Dalton
Hollywood Reporter
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A sumptuously orchestrated love story about a transsexual man's decade-long struggle to maintain a passionate romance with his female soulmate in the face of creeping hostility from friends, family and society.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

May 19, 2012
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