Unforgivable Reviews

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Top Critic
June 28, 2012
Without fully realized characters, the film's major moments - each cutting remark and humiliating act - feel hollow.
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago
August 11, 2012
Unforgivable is a bit too relaxed to function as a thriller. Though admirably unpredictable, its plot is also spread thin among these fickle lovers.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 14, 2012
Flat and a bit stale, like the characters. Not one of Téchiné's finest.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 13, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] André Téchiné taints an otherwise stellar filmmaking career with an abbreviated romantic drama where nothing holds together.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 9, 2012
In "Unforgivable," Téchiné keeps throwing out teasing ideas, but he never makes good on any of them.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 19, 2012
The multi-layer cake story has one or three too many.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Noel Murray
AV Club
June 28, 2012
The jumble of characters and plotlines remain indistinct and removed throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 20, 2012
The way Techine holds them up to the film's unforgiving light, they sometimes seem less like people than like insects in a jar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
June 29, 2012
Both Venice and Bouquet are photographed to ravishing effect, and like the city, Judith is meant to suggest something trapped into being a fantasy for others.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
August 3, 2012
It's clearly the work of a master storyteller, conveying a rich, novelistic sense of character and a poetic feeling for the passing of time.
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
June 26, 2012
Téchiné piles a staggering amount of incident into 111 minutes, ever pushing the narrative forward and never letting scenes dawdle.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 9, 2012
What makes the film involving is that it doesn't depend on the mechanical resolution of the plot, but on the close observation of its effects on these distinctive characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters
July 13, 2012
...a roundelay of obstinacy and desire, where lives are lived on their own terms, fiercely.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
June 26, 2012
The layered, character-driven drama may subvert expectations of a sunny Venetian noir, but observes its five principal characters with a probing, egalitarian eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 28, 2012
"Unforgivable" isn't one of Mr. Téchiné's greatest achievements, but it's engrossing even when its increasingly populated story falters, tripped up by unpersuasive actions, connections and details.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
June 11, 2012
A fascinating, satisfyingly complex romantic thriller.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 27, 2012
[An] elliptical and somewhat loopy drama about the slipperiness of love at any age...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 29, 2012
There's something in this story that lingers, too, like the Venetian sunset, as we watch these people, rich and poor, acting foolishly, selfishly, sometimes even hurtfully.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 19, 2012
An elegantly rambling Franco-Italian affair about the ways we do each other wrong while trying to do each other right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 19, 2012
Techine lavishes upon us not just scenery and characters but complications and emotional turmoil in pursuit of subtlety. If this seems perverse, it most certainly is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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