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Lola Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
July 31, 2012
Demy's 1961 bittersweet musical reverie starring Anouk Aimee is one of the most brilliant works of the French New Wave.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Fernando F. Croce
June 27, 2010
The Ophüls question ("Quelle heure est-il?") is always in the air, along with the tilting, craning and tracking that link and sever feelings
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Variety Staff
August 12, 2008
It is offbeat, with shafts of tender feeling and truth. But trying to touch on too many subjects makes the film uneven.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
February 17, 2008
Intuited rather than explained & felt rather than understood.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Very beautifully shot, in widescreen and luminous black-and-white, it is also formally astonishing, with all the minor characters serving as variations on the central couple.
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A.H. Weiler
New York Times
May 9, 2005
If Lola is not a masterwork, its general polish and intent augur a bright future for the 31-year-old Mr. Demy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 23, 2004
Before he gained renown with The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Demy made his feature debut with a prequel of sorts, which was his elegant homage to the films of Max Ophuls.
Jake Euker
January 27, 2004
Jacques Demy's 1961 classic Lola is a breathtaking reminder of what magic in the movies used to mean. It's pure enchantment.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 13, 2003
Pleasantly conceived romantic roundelay.
Full Review | Original Score: A

May 24, 2003
Unfashionable today but clever and captivating in its startling monochrome imagery.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
September 3, 2002
An early Demy prize, lighting the way to his masterpiece The Young Girls of Rochefort.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 12, 2002
Has a springy, musical quality to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
April 12, 2002
Aimée is reason enough to catch this import.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
April 12, 2002
An ode to yearning and enchantment -- a valentine to France, to beautiful women, to the foolish but delicious notions of romance that we receive from Hollywood.
Pam Grady
April 12, 2002
It is an undeniably thin story altogether, but Lola skates by on endless amounts of charm.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jean Oppenheimer
New Times
March 21, 2002
The film represents an idealized view of reality that will strike some viewers (including this one) as overly sentimental.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 14, 2002
A delightfully melancholy romance of coincidence, starring European film's epitome of sophisticated sexuality.
| Original Score: B+
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 28, 2001
There is something gentle and elusive going on here, and you should catch the movie at long last even if you've seen it before.
Bilge Ebiri
November 16, 2001
Demy is best known stateside for his wondrous musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, but some consider this, his debut feature, to be his best work.

TV Guide
November 15, 2001
Free-flowing debut feature from French director Jacques Demy who, with his wife, director Agnes Varda, flourished during the New Wave.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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