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Belle de Jour Reviews

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April 11, 2016
Belle de Jour has the almost daunting, fragile flawlessness of the perfect crystal -- a staggering, commanding piece of film-making rather than a great film.
September 8, 2014
Deneuve is radiant in the lead role ... packed with Bu˝uel's trademark surrealistic imagery and a few really memorable fantasy sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
September 2, 2014
Few faces in the movies have contemporized storytelling standards as swiftly as Catherine Deneuve's.
March 10, 2012
Luis Bunuel's cheerfully brazen satire of sexual repression, social decorum, and erotic fantasies is in the running for Bunuel's kinkiest film, and that's saying a lot.
February 11, 2012
Something that keeps us on our toes in Belle de Jour comes from Luis Bu˝uel's refusal to spell out what is real and what is not. Must this be so clear to us when the fantasy life of SÚverine means so much to her?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 19, 2012
A character study with surreal interludes and a rare film in which Bu˝uel depicts a member of the upper class with some sympathy and depth
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 12, 2009
...is a fascinating cinematic achievement that dares to connect Deneuve's porcelain beauty to a world of bourgeois rebellion.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
August 13, 2008
One of the most acclaimed and accessible masterworks of surrealist cinema, an erotic meditaton about reality and fantasy that remains alluring and shocking decades after it was made, at least partly due to Catherine Deneuve's cool, mesmerizing performance
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 3, 2006
A delicacy, a passionate and compassionate study of erotica.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 1, 2006
It is possibly the best-known erotic film of modern times, perhaps the best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 19, 2006
Of all the supposedly challenging attractions playing locally in our supposedly more enlightened era, the most compellingly erotic and entertaining spectacle is still provided by Belle de Jour
April 11, 2006
This silly little masterpiece regards Deneuve as the goddess of light she really was -- a figment of our collective appetite for the unreal.
October 17, 2005
A surprisingly discreet film considering the erotic nature of the subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 17, 2004
Icy sketch of prostitute's life by one of film's greatest directors
| Original Score: 5/5
October 16, 2003
Oddly fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 9, 2003
A radical work that both looks back at the director's own early surrealist cinema and anticipates the work of David Lynch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 31, 2003
Absolutely superb.
| Original Score: 5/5
July 10, 2003
The use of dreams fused with reality works because the two things balance one another to create a whole, instead of detracting as a cop-out as most movies with this motif rely on.
| Original Score: 5/5
May 20, 2003
Every detail has been so carefully thought out that seeing it again is like seeing it in another key.
March 23, 2003
One of master director Luis Bu˝uel's most wry and elegant films.
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