Amour Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 17, 2013
This is realism that enlarges our conception of the term.
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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 13, 2013
Now at the end of the year comes a masterpiece, not just the best of the year, but one of the best ever: Michael Haneke's Amour.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 8, 2013
Trintignant perfectly captures the resolve that eventually borders on obsession, as the woman he loves gradually, maddeningly, disappears before his eyes, and he does whatever he can to prevent it, though he knows it's impossible.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 8, 2013
Many viewers will find echoes of their grandparents, parents, or even themselves in these characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 8, 2013
A movie that is utterly worthy of its all-encompassing title.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 8, 2013
The resulting interplay of ruthless restraint and unavoidable passion, plus the film's refusal to shrink from depicting the inevitable horrors of physical deterioration, is devastating.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 1, 2013
In many ways it's the best horror film I've ever seen. At the same time, it's hard to recommend; I believe I will be struggling to forget this film as long as I live. I doubt I'll succeed.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 31, 2013
It is an inspirational film in the truest sense, and one to see with someone you love.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 25, 2013
As remarkable as Haneke's films are, not a one has been as transcendently generous as Amour, which is nominated for five Academy Awards, including best picture, best director and best foreign-language film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 24, 2013
"Amour" isn't easy to watch, but its rewards are many.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
January 24, 2013
"Amour" isn't just a great movie, it's a movie that may actually do you some good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 24, 2013
Shot in long, static takes, Amour stares directly into the indignities of old age and the curse of a slow death.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 24, 2013
This is a masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 17, 2013
Each actor draws on a lifetime's worth of experience, performing with grace and rare, uncompromising realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 17, 2013
There's nowhere to hide: The film cuts no corners and stings with the authenticity of life's fragility.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 17, 2013
The movie avoids melodrama; instead, it's just extraordinarily intimate, with touches of visual poetry like the pigeon that gets into the apartment and won't leave, an image of our own heedless tenacity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 11, 2013
The film is a graphic portrayal of the unfunny end game we're all fated to play; the title is just a simple declaration of how best to play it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 10, 2013
"Amour" is also unforgettable and one of a kind, two hours of torment that, in the end, you will probably not regret.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 10, 2013
Small, sure and stunningly acted, this is a picture of exacting control, which is to be expected from Haneke, whose works include Cache and The White Ribbon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 10, 2013
[Haneke] has put his finger on a very particular kind of heartbreak: seeing a lover give up not on you but on the life you've shared.
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Toronto Star
January 10, 2013
Amour is the simplest yet most passionate film of Haneke's incredible career.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 10, 2013
As it unflinchingly faces mortality, Amour is full of incomparably beautiful and sad moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 10, 2013
Old age isn't for sissies, and neither is this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
January 9, 2013
A wrenching film that is sure to bring tears -- a lot of tears -- to your eyes and manages, in many ways, to affirm that love is worth sharing and life is worth living even in the most final of days.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
January 4, 2013
There have been many invasions in Haneke's work, and there is indeed an attempted break-in at the start of this film, but nothing compares with the looming approach of mortality.
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Michael Nordine
L.A. Weekly
January 2, 2013
On paper it's a welcome change of pace for Haneke, but his tendency to treat the couple as patients rather than characters -- at a cold remove rather than with a warm embrace -- feels at odds with the material.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 24, 2012
It is a stunning film.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 21, 2012
Amour might seem hardly the stuff of entertainment, yet the reason it has been acclaimed isn't mysterious. Confronting death, it studies life, closely and lovingly.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 21, 2012
Because of its subject matter, and because of the actors, it's impossible to watch this film without being moved. But a martinet is running the show.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Dana Stevens
Slate
December 21, 2012
A compassionate, rigorously unsentimental masterwork from a director who doesn't normally truck in emotions like the one named in the title.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
December 20, 2012
This is an unforgettable love story set at the close of day, as tragic and beautiful in its way as "Tristan und Isolde," and a portrait of the impossible beauty and fragility of life that will yield new experiences to every viewer and every viewing.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 20, 2012
"Amour" is a perfectly made, tremendously involving film that, nonetheless, is very difficult to watch, particularly if you're past the midpoint in your life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
December 19, 2012
A relentless and shattering masterwork, 'Amour' breaks the heart but satisfies the soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
December 19, 2012
All great films have imagination; this one also has the sense of experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 18, 2012
Growing old is a war, and movies rarely go there. Michael Haneke's amazing, dignified "Amour" is the exception.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Mary Corliss
TIME Magazine
December 18, 2012
In the history of movies about love, Amour shall last forever.
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December 18, 2012
If you've seen someone you love through their dying, it may burn you up - but in an illuminating way.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
December 18, 2012
Haneke remains, by his rules, infallible. So what?
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 18, 2012
Haneke being Haneke, Amour is still a bracingly unsentimental film, but it shouldn't be mistaken for heartless.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
December 18, 2012
While this might not be the post-gift-unwrapping movie destination of choice this holiday season, the brutal honesty and emotional truth of Amour make it one of this year's best films.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 17, 2012
It will surely strike a chord with anyone who's watched a loved one slip away in this manner, whether it's a parent or a spouse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
December 17, 2012
Consummate acting helps ease a painful watch, as Michael Haneke describes the ultimate test of love in a profoundly honest study of sickness and dying.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 13, 2012
The title is french for love. The movie itself, indisputably the year's best foreign-language film and an Oscar front-runner, defines what love is. And it does it the hard way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 12, 2012
I urge you to share its sweetness and wisdom, and learn something.
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October 3, 2012
Haneke ... knows the reality of growing old together isn't for the faint of heart.
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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
May 30, 2012
A sober, gorgeously directed portrait of an elderly couple facing terrifying questions of life and death.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
May 22, 2012
A tender, wrenching, impeccably directed story of love and death.
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
May 21, 2012
Haneke trains his merciless rigor-leavened, for perhaps the first time ever, with deeply felt tenderness and compassion-on the most universally heartbreaking aspect of the human condition: old age and its myriad indignities.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 20, 2012
Transfixing and extraordinarily touching, perhaps the most hauntingly honest movie about old age ever made
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Karina Longworth
L.A. Weekly
May 20, 2012
Haneke is the first Competition film director at Cannes this year to both succeed totally on the terms he sets out for himself, and truly challenge the audience to bear witness to something they've never seen on screen before.
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David Fear
Time Out
May 20, 2012
Infused with its namesake, this gentle tragedy is the filmmaker's least complicated work to date, a streamlined tearjerker that respects viewers enough to not jerk the tears out of them.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
May 20, 2012
Considering Haneke's confrontational past, this poignantly acted, uncommonly tender two-hander makes a doubly powerful statement about man's capacity for dignity and sensitivity when confronted with the inevitable cruelty of nature.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 20, 2012
'Amour' is a devastating, highly intelligent and astonishingly performed work. It's a masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5