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Augustine Reviews

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David Zuckerman
Film Comment Magazine
November 5, 2013
Trading historical detail for atmospheric sensuality doesn't do this story justice.
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
October 6, 2013
Deconstructs late 19th century forms of torture, sexual exploitation and degradation, the female body as theater, closet peep shows, and the medical practitioner fantasy of 'a slave looking for a master' that all defined psychiatry back then.
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
July 11, 2013
Augustine's best when it focuses on the push-pull relationship of doctor and patient. SoKo is excellent as the troubled girl, inspiring both compassion and frustration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 11, 2013
By the film's end, it's clear what Augustine is running from, but it's hard to grasp where she was in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 5, 2013
That the film raises interesting questions might be good enough, except that, while the movie goes about denying us information we want, it gives us details we don't need. "Augustine" churns slowly and doesn't make for compelling viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
July 5, 2013
Worthwhile but fairly routine "19th-century science" drama.
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
June 27, 2013
French physician Jean-Martin Charcot hypnotized, photographed and exhibited a hysteric, as does French director Alice Winocour for a clinical love story and empowerment tale.
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Godfrey Cheshire
Chicago Sun-Times
June 21, 2013
Ultimately, while this character-based drama proves consistently engrossing, it leaves various pertinent and fascinating issues frustratingly unexplored.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
June 21, 2013
The psychosexual drama plays out beneath the surface -- the movie is so understated it sometimes feels inert.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 20, 2013
Fiercely yet faithfully imagined by... Alice Winocur, [the film] is not exclusively a mystery. It's also part love story, part horror story, as well as a parable of gender, power and the enduring enigma that is the mind-body connection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
June 20, 2013
Winocour does not reduce her characters to caricatures, but depicts them as unwitting actors in the tragedy of a pathological society.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 20, 2013
Though the tone is solemn, I took the finale as a knowing, agreeably dirty joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 20, 2013
Unlike some movies that impose feminist views on 200-year-old stories, "Augustine" finds feminist sentiments within the story rather than imposing them from without.
| Original Score: 3/4
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
June 20, 2013
The stand out is French Pop star Soko as the title character, who gives an outstanding Oscar worthy performance!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 13, 2013
The writer-director Alice Winocour creates a kind of subdued excitement of discovery.
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John Anderson
Newsday
May 31, 2013
The hysterics contained in Alice Winocour's "Augustine" -- and "hysteria" is what it's about -- can't obscure the understated, smoldering subtext of what is a sometimes playfully smart and irony-laden story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
May 20, 2013
Vague conjurings of mood take the place of insight, sentiment takes the place of complexity, and a clumsy and superficial attention to the rigid script keeps the movie from coming to life.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
May 19, 2013
Emotionally believable performances by Vincent Lindon and Soko can't save Augustine from meandering and being tediously stuck in its 1st act.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.76
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
May 19, 2013
Hand-held camera gives contemporary realism amidst the historically correct costumes and surroundings. . .[but] feminist iconography . . .makes the phenomenon seem a charade.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 18, 2013
[VIDEO ESSAY] Newcomer director Alice Winocour drafts an erotically charged and socially complex telling of a controversial 19th century neurologist and the nubile patient he treats.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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