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Belle de Jour Reviews

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Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
I found the story unbelievable and very dated.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The director may have been ahead of his time, but he displays no more compassion for his characters than a psycho killer shows for his victims.
Penelope Houston
The Spectator
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.
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
September 8, 2014
Deneuve is radiant in the lead role ... packed with Buñuel's trademark surrealistic imagery and a few really memorable fantasy sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 1, 2006
It is possibly the best-known erotic film of modern times, perhaps the best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Much of the film works because of the capable acting of Deneuve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Gonsalves
January 1, 2000
Classic erotic satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
April 12, 2009 a fascinating cinematic achievement that dares to connect Deneuve's porcelain beauty to a world of bourgeois rebellion.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
Any number of conclusions may be drawn as to the purpose of the film, and they'd all be correct. The mark of a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Null
January 23, 2002
A true classic worthy of its highest praises.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Eric Melin
February 11, 2012
Something that keeps us on our toes in Belle de Jour comes from Luis Buñuel's refusal to spell out what is real and what is not. Must this be so clear to us when the fantasy life of Séverine means so much to her?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Arthur Lazere
January 1, 2000
a fascination in the brilliance of its knowing detail about sexual attraction/revulsion, about the subtleties of desire
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 17, 2005
A surprisingly discreet film considering the erotic nature of the subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
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.
April 17, 2002
A quarter of a century after it was made and a decade after Bunuel's death, Belle de Jour continues to baffle and beguile. And seduce.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
August 3, 2006
A delicacy, a passionate and compassionate study of erotica.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 1, 2000
A delightful puzzle, and [Catherine] Deneuve's finest hour-and-a-half.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
September 2, 2002
But beyond the artistry, this film stands as the most accessible of Buñuel's work.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rob Mackie
March 3, 2007
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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