Une Vieille Maîtresse (The Last Mistress) (An Old Mistress) Reviews

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Top Critic
Richard Brody
New Yorker
December 1, 2014
The director Catherine Breillat's period adaptation of an 1851 novel by Barbey d'Aurevilly delivers sex and pain with style and conviction that render her familiar themes new again.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
The Last Mistress displays the director's contempt for conventionality in clear, ringing tones.
Jon Frosch
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
September 10, 2010
Breillat's unflinching instinct for the doomed, all-consuming pull of sexual obsession shakes the story up in rewarding ways.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 15, 2009
An elegant film about an irresistible hot romance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 18, 2008
The characters ultimately feel more like pawns to be manipulated, rather than flesh-and-blood human beings who suffer and love, which gives the film's message that the two are essentially one in the same a rather hollow ring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
October 18, 2008
It's devastating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 18, 2008
It is an outstandingly intelligent, formally pleasing film, and a fascinating development for Breillat herself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
Argento seizes each scene with both hands, adding surprising layers of feeling as she goes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 18, 2008
All of the characters are so elusive and thin there's nothing to grab our interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
October 18, 2008
Rather boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2008
[An] entertaining, elegantly shot adaptation of Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly's 19th century novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 26, 2008
There was a point about midway through "The Last Mistress" when I was honestly wondering if it was intentionally bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Steve Ramos
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 25, 2008
Seldom have a filmmaker and lead actress performed in perfect, artistic sync.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 5, 2008
Argento is a feral beauty who devours everything in her path, and a perfect actress for Breillat. But the director seems hemmed in by the period finery, and the movie is a self-conscious yawn.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
August 29, 2008
Argento, the daughter of Italian horror maestro Dario Argento, has become a force to be reckoned with on the international film scene over the past couple of years.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 29, 2008
Screenwriter/director Catherine Breillat's take on the tale has a definite feminist slant to it, which may explain why the male characters come off so badly. And unfortunately, sometimes that makes it dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 28, 2008
Oh god, have I ever seen a more tedious 'erotic' movie than this one?
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
August 22, 2008
There's plenty of skin and acrobatic positioning in Catherine Breillat's The Last Mistress, but the ferocious passions they signify are far more interesting.
| Original Score: 3/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
August 15, 2008
Argento... owns this film, body and soullessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
August 15, 2008
What makes the movie ineluctably compelling is Argento's fire in the title role.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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