Leaving (Partir) Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
September 30, 2010
What begins as a poignant portrait of a middle-aged woman grabbing a second chance at happiness ultimately loses the sympathy of the audience.
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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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
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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.
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
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
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
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
July 16, 2010
With stars of the echelon of Kristin Scott Thomas and Sergi Lopez, it is terribly disappointing to find that the vehicle that brings them together is not only unworthy, but nonsensical
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
July 16, 2010
Incomplete and unsatisfying, the film drags through its paces
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 1, 2010
The surrender to Eros fails to translate despite the boudoir choreography.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 8, 2010
...a glossy melodrama that does not know the meaning of restraint. It's watchable as pure guilty pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 29, 2010
A tawdry potboiler slathered riotously in portent, complete with a lamebrained detour into vengeance that only Claude Chabrol would be able to pull off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
July 7, 2010
A rather cold reworking of Lady Chatterley's Lover starring Kristin Scott Thomas as a bored doctor's wife.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
September 28, 2010
[Kristin Scott Thomas] does what she can to best serve her scripts, even when they're hopelessly beneath her.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
September 13, 2010
Kristin Scott Thomas is the only reason to spend time with this soap.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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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
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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
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Time Out
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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