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Renoir Reviews

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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 27, 2013
With its warm colors and sweet streams of light, its love of both the countryside and the human form, it makes you dream of painting. Or making movies. Or just luxuriating in the brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 25, 2013
Thanks to ace Taiwanese cameraman Mark Ping Bing Lee, it conveys the inspirational qualities of sun-dappled light and rosy flesh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 2, 2013
"Renoir" doesn't get much beneath the surface - but, good God, what a surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 2, 2013
For those who just want to float away on waves of beauty, "Renoir" is a boating party.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 25, 2013
Stately to a fault, the film is not enough drama, too much still life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 25, 2013
One would expect a film about French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir to look beautiful, to be shot in warm, sumptuous colors. And one would not be disappointed in Gilles Bourdos' "Renoir."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 25, 2013
If you love the paintings of Auguste Renoir or the films of his son Jean, there's a good chance you'll sit through this slow-moving prestige item.
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2013
Gilles Bourdos's film is more conventional than its mould-breaking subjects deserve.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
April 11, 2013
As sensually beautiful as the work of its subject matter, French filmmaker Gilles Bourdos's dreamy biography Renoir is more a series of tableaux than a narrative film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
April 8, 2013
The director Gilles Bourdos's sunshiny Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man.
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 4, 2013
Sumptuous, savvy study of art making, love and light. Much of the passion, however, is in the pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 29, 2013
The sequences of Renoir and his chambermaids luxuriating in the sun-soaked countryside summon up not only Renoir's paintings but also such great Jean Renoir films as A Day in the Country."
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 29, 2013
Like the paintings of the master, "Renoir" is beautiful to look at, but it would be a mistake to call the film (or its subject) shallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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March 29, 2013
The performances are assured, the ambiance impeccable and the themes resonant.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 29, 2013
Theret - who is supposed to be playing the muse to two great artists - never seems much more than young and pretty, and Rottiers only young and uncertain. When the film switches to them, it goes still.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 28, 2013
A lush, involving film that deals not with one Renoir but two, as well as the strong-minded woman who was a key player in both their lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 28, 2013
"Renoir" is so beautiful, and so intelligently conceived, that you keep waiting, in vain, for a bit of fire to break out in the narrative.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 28, 2013
The movie, like its subject, refuses to stir up unnecessary melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Miriam Bale
New York Daily News
March 28, 2013
Breathtakingly lush, lingering on subtle textures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
March 28, 2013
[An] atmospheric, well-acted period piece.
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
March 28, 2013
A voluptuous, under-dramatized account of Pierre-Auguste Renoir's heroic final phase.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
March 28, 2013
In short, it's the story of how two great artists were influenced by the naked lady lounging around their house.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Marsha McCreadie
Village Voice
March 26, 2013
Wisely, director Gilles Bourdos keeps the pace slow, what with all the tensions beneath the surface: Oedipal conflict, career choices, even class struggle.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
March 26, 2013
At least Mark Ping Bing Lee's luscious cinematography distracts from the shallow storytelling. There are worse things than luxuriating in a two-hour Côte d'Azur travel ad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
March 11, 2013
What beguiles us is the chance to be with these people at that time, by means of a picture that is so sympathetically acted and so pleasant to look at.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
May 31, 2012
Appreciative but undramatic look at the young woman who was vital to the Renoirs, father-painter Pierre-Auguste and son-filmmaker-to-be Jean.