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Belle Toujours Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
November 21, 2008
Beautifully, economically, directed, acted and photographed (by Sabine Lancelin), 'Belle Toujours' is essentially an affectionate, witty, often farcical jeu d'esprit, sweetly and knowingly bringing together the old-fashioned and the modern.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
August 24, 2007
Belle Toujours lets us peer at one master embroidering on the legacy of another master.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 24, 2007
It's also more about class and less about sexual desire.
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
August 23, 2007
Belle Toujours is doggedly inconsequential, deliberately non-eventful and blank.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 8, 2007
The question lingers: Do we really need a sequel to Belle de Jour?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 8, 2007
The 98-year-old [director] Oliveira addresses the beauty and cruelty of aging with such subtlety that the movie is worth taking on its own terms, as the hard-earned musings of its creator.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 8, 2007
This 70-minute exercise ends before it begins.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
June 7, 2007
Bu˝uel watchers will cluck with pleasure at that one; neophytes can revel in the steely elegance of [actor] Piccoli, who at 80 (when this film was made) effervesces with the joy of his craft. Belle Toujours glistens with discreet charms.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
June 6, 2007
Falls too often into didactic post-game analysis for its delicate mysteries to retain their luster.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 24, 2007
Oliveira is a man of astounding finesse. The movie accumulates the sort of meaning that lifts it far beyond the realm of a director's conceit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 6, 2006
It's a tremendously economical film, with not a shot or a second wasted, yet rich with ambiguity, comedy, longing and sadness.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
October 4, 2006
[This] sequel to the classic Belle de Jour well demonstrates de Oliveira's undiminished cinematic style and humor, including several surrealistic touches and nods to various elements of Bunuel's classic.
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Globe and Mail
September 23, 2006
Another sublimely weird one from unstoppable Portuguese nonagenarian Manoel de Oliveira, a man who will outlive us all.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Deborah Young
Variety
September 19, 2006
Oliveira's short but sweet rumination on growing old and the fading of sexual desire is not only high-concept, but one of his most watchable.