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.
| Original Score: B+
Thanks to ace Taiwanese cameraman Mark Ping Bing Lee, it conveys the inspirational qualities of sun-dappled light and rosy flesh.
| Original Score: 3/5
"Renoir" doesn't get much beneath the surface - but, good God, what a surface.
| Original Score: 3/4
For those who just want to float away on waves of beauty, "Renoir" is a boating party.
Stately to a fault, the film is not enough drama, too much still life.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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."
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
Gilles Bourdos's film is more conventional than its mould-breaking subjects deserve.
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.
The director Gilles Bourdos's sunshiny Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man.
Sumptuous, savvy study of art making, love and light. Much of the passion, however, is in the pictures.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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."
| Original Score: B
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.
The performances are assured, the ambiance impeccable and the themes resonant.
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
"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.
The movie, like its subject, refuses to stir up unnecessary melodrama.
| Original Score: 5/5
Breathtakingly lush, lingering on subtle textures.
[An] atmospheric, well-acted period piece.
Wisely, director Gilles Bourdos keeps the pace slow, what with all the tensions beneath the surface: Oedipal conflict, career choices, even class struggle.
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
Appreciative but undramatic look at the young woman who was vital to the Renoirs, father-painter Pierre-Auguste and son-filmmaker-to-be Jean.