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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.
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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.
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
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
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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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.
Staci Layne Wilson
May 5, 2013
As the plot unfolds, the aim comes undone, leaving the viewer abandoned and wanting.
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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
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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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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.
Jamie S. Rich
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
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
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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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May 16, 2013
Its world is small but convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
July 5, 2013
Worthwhile but fairly routine "19th-century science" drama.
Nora Lee Mandel
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
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.
Read More | 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
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.
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