Leaving (Partir) Reviews

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Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
February 18, 2011
With a terrific central performance from Kristin Scott Thomas, Leaving is a thoroughly gripping emotional drama that plays like a sun-drenched film noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 18, 2011
If Leaving is a romantic parable, it is a dark and depressing one, emphasizing not the sensuality of attraction but rather the obsessive side of romantic behavior. This is mad love for sure, and that is not usually a pretty picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
February 18, 2011
Leaving tells the kind of painful story -- of passion, betrayal, revenge -- we might read about every day in the papers, but it is the cool manner of its telling and an outstanding central performance by Kristin Scott Thomas that sharpen our interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
February 18, 2011
Even for the routinely terrific Kristin Scott Thomas, the infidelity-themed Leaving is a top-drawer thesping workout.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
February 18, 2011
This alternation between frenzy and calm is the key to Corsini's aesthetic, a strategy the director employs in order to both introduce a modest tension into her otherwise tired material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
January 14, 2011
The fact that her children have their lives upended by their mother's yearning for Lopez's low-born, bad-boy loser makes matters both worse and more idiotic than plausible.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 13, 2011
The only reason to see "Leaving'' - and it's not a bad reason at all - is for the sight of Kristin Scott Thomas in a rare happy mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Alicia Potter
Boston Phoenix
January 12, 2011
[Thomas] remains a mesmerizing mix of carnality and class, and through richer and poorer, she keeps director/co-writer Catherine Corsini's bourgeois fantasy from overheating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 17, 2010
As Suzanne's stair-stepping recklessness leads ever downward, from secret rendezvous to public humiliations to thievery and worse, "Leaving" trades sympathy for surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
December 17, 2010
If "Leaving" is a story of a broken marriage, what, exactly, went wrong?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
December 8, 2010
Between the terrific performances and artful cinematography, this is one high-class piece of melodramatic crap.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 3, 2010
This is one of those films that depends entirely on its star, and Thomas mixes sexuality, giddy flirtatiousness, stoic determination and agony in just the right amounts, without ever straining.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 3, 2010
Thomas, bless her, remains compelling throughout. But it gets harder and harder to watch the things "Leaving" forces her to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 2, 2010
Thomas' face, tremulous with desire one second, steely with anger the next, holds the screen every second. But the actress deserves richer material.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 2, 2010
Kristin Scott Thomas is not only one of the best English actresses of her generation, she's one of France's best, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 2, 2010
While "Leaving" is a tragedy, it's also a celebration: of the way a fine actor can tell us a story, barely needing words.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 2, 2010
Scott Thomas walks around in jeans and a T-shirt and has that Isabelle Huppert lifelong little girl look. She's good. Pity about the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jason Best
Movie Talk
December 2, 2010
Corsini's story veers close to lurid melodrama, but her star's performance is ... nakedly honest ... Suzanne risks everything for love ... Scott Thomas is equally fearless.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
November 26, 2010
Brutal retrato de una pasión arrolladora, y de un deseo de escapar casi tan inevitables como el mismo acto de vivir. Gran trabajo de Kristin Scott Thomas, quien vuelve a encontrar una inmejorable oportunidad de lucimiento en el cine francés.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
November 24, 2010
Akin to 40s-50s female-driven melodramas, we get neither James Cain noir nor Douglas Sirk's preachiness. Rather, it's a straight-ahead slog into self-destruction, a character study ... sans the study of character.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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