Thérèse Reviews

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 6, 2013
A remarkably pretty, if equally dour, portrait of the bored, oppressive life led by the provincial bourgeoisie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 5, 2013
Exquisitely tasteful but suffocatingly dull ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
August 29, 2013
While there's a certain staid feeling to the production, it does deliver a solid working-over to the era's gentry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
August 29, 2013
The film looks great. As for the human element, the mood is more apathetic than tragic, and star Audrey Tautou has to take much of the blame for the film's failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
August 29, 2013
The magnificent nature that surrounds Therese becomes her prison. It's an interesting paradox, but not necessarily an especially satisfying experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 22, 2013
Mr. Miller's stolid approach - with its waxwork figures, postcard beauty, insistent tastefulness and glaze of politesse - feels far too comfortably of this world to mount a critique of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
August 22, 2013
While not a nail-biter, the flowery dialogue (many elegant letters are read in voice-over), juicy twists and moral ambiguity make this a period piece worth slowing down for.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
August 22, 2013
Miller's film is a work of emotional reserve, eschewing psychological explanation in favor of unadorned observation - of human behavior as well as nature and the still lifes of the domestic world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Nick Schager
AV Club
August 22, 2013
[A] static, emotionless saga, which is defined less by zealous feeling than by a dull, decorous air of respectability.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Atkinson
Time Out
August 21, 2013
The movie may look pretty and may plod, but it also leaves a bruise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
August 20, 2013
If the banality of life within the Bordeaux gentry is the point, then the ensuing oppressiveness is immaculately depicted through precise performances and camerawork-just don't call it emotionally engaging drama.
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Stephen Dalton
Hollywood Reporter
August 19, 2013
A classic story competently told, Thérèse Desqueyroux is chocolate-box heritage cinema at heart, but a perfectly respectable and emphatically French epitaph to Miller's long career.
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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
August 19, 2013
Claude Miller's final film is tastefully upholstered, but the narrative generates little heat, empathy or momentum.
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
June 4, 2013
A tad on the stiff side.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5