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Augustine Reviews

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November 5, 2013
Trading historical detail for atmospheric sensuality doesn't do this story justice.
June 21, 2013
The psychosexual drama plays out beneath the surface -- the movie is so understated it sometimes feels inert.
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
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
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.
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.
May 5, 2013
As the plot unfolds, the aim comes undone, leaving the viewer abandoned and wanting.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
May 16, 2013
Its world is small but convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
July 5, 2013
Worthwhile but fairly routine "19th-century science" drama.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
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