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Nathan Southern
TV Guide
May 17, 2013
It would be fascinating to know what the writer/director intended here, because the material is so hopelessly muddled.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 17, 2013
A dark, and rather disturbing debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
May 17, 2013
Winocour skillfully films Augustine being exhibited for other doctors in several disturbingly erotic scenes, but elsewhere Soko's stolid, one-note demeanor takes a toll.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
May 16, 2013
Soko is terrific, but it is Mr. Lindon who delivers the performance of the film, his internalized consternation amounting to an eloquent dispatch from the war between the sexes.
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
May 16, 2013
A lushly filmed, fascinating true story about the relationship between a groundbreaking French doctor and his "hysteric" female patient buries itself with a simplistic approach and deadly-dull dialogue.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 16, 2013
Ms. Winocour is not inclined to turn "Augustine" into a neatly moralized fable of a predator and his victim. Rather, the film is what might be called a melodrama of transference ...
| Original Score: 5/5
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May 16, 2013
Visually, the film conjures the past with shadowy interiors and harsh light. Winocour, who also scripted, often makes her points without words.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 16, 2013
[A] somber, intelligent period drama ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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May 16, 2013
Its world is small but convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
May 14, 2013
The film is something of a paradox, simultaneously passionate and dispassionate, its ending tethered to both bruised triumph and a sense of things falling apart.
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
May 14, 2013
Plays like a gothic prequel to David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, one in which human flesh is viewed as both horrific and erotic terrain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine
May 12, 2013
Alice Winocour's take on this true story carries the superficial trappings of a period drama, but its perspective is entirely contemporary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Staci Layne Wilson
May 5, 2013
As the plot unfolds, the aim comes undone, leaving the viewer abandoned and wanting.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 22, 2013
Writer-director Alice Winocour takes the relationship into some uncomfortable places, and Soko and Lindon both give nuanced performances, with much roiling beneath the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 1, 2013
A psychological thriller that explores fresh territory in its depiction of sexual politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Leslie Felperin
May 24, 2012
Anchored by two intense, intertwined perfs by veteran Vincent Lindon and relative newcomer Soko, this period drama offers a coolly febrile study of madness, Victorian sexual politics and power.
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Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
May 20, 2012
Overall, this is a handsomely-mounted period picture which transcends the stuffiness of costume-drama with sufficient aplomb...
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