Special Treatment Reviews

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John Blahnik
New York Press
August 25, 2011
Huppert's performance is strong and Labrune's previous films show she's not without talent. You wish she hadn't so stubbornly adhered to one tiresome idea.
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
July 13, 2011
The tag line for the advertising campaign is bold: 'A film that dares to tell the truth about women.' I, unfortunately, missed whatever truth that was.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
July 3, 2011
Huppert is always a welcome presence on screen and while strong performances give the film weight, they cannot rescue the journey as the narrative dips in and out of credibility
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
July 3, 2011
The cast manage to make the film engaging to some extent, although it becomes less and less interesting
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 26, 2011
As clichés trot through their sessions - it's like "In Treatment" as bedroom farce - we check out. Huppert, though, is as fearless as ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
September 13, 2011
Isabelle Huppert has a sly technique and endlessly fascinating face, but this initially intriguing drama abandons darker overtones for rather wan interpersonal revelations.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 29, 2011
A dramatically inert and poorly acted French film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 25, 2011
To put it plainly, Ms. Huppert, now 58, is too old for the part. The spectacle of Ms. Huppert, the epitome of adult self-possession, impersonating a schoolgirl is grotesquely amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
August 23, 2011
Despite uniformly fine acting, Special Treatment never really pulls the viewer in because its insights and observations, while artfully rendered, don't possess the energy of revelation; they're largely obvious.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
August 25, 2011
This solemn, unsexy France/Belgium/Luxembourg co-production...takes mean swipes at both psychotherapy and male sexuality, but fortunately seems most determined to give star Isabelle Huppert another well-deserved showcase for her versatility.
Michael Nordine
Slant Magazine
August 21, 2011
Despite its flaws, Jeanne Labrune's Special Treatment is surprisingly atmospheric at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Chicago Reader
October 13, 2011
Though the parallels drawn between therapy and prostitution grow tiresome, the duo's interaction is peppered with inspired comedic moments.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 6, 2011
At the end, there is no great revelation, but Huppert has succeeded once again in making us wonder what's going on in there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
August 25, 2011
Huppert is always a pleasure on screen, and her performance as a competent, consummate professional is Special Treatment's main draw.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
August 25, 2011
A curious cross of sex therapy and psychotherapy where nobody spends much time in bed or on the couch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 28, 2011
It isn't a lightweight erotic romp at all, but a complicated and delicate two-person odyssey that's much richer and subtler than that.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 15, 2011
Complex, compassionate and endlessly illuminating...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
February 23, 2012
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