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Augustine Reviews

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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
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...