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Beloved Reviews

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Richard Knight
Windy City Times
November 11, 2012
A bit heavy-handed when the tone of the piece isn't wavering uneasily between light and dark.
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
October 5, 2012
The film as a whole is a lugubrious French-pop disaster.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 14, 2012
Characters traipse around city streets singing 60s-style pop tunes in this ungainly, overconceived musical.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
September 14, 2012
Mining the French New Wave for material and inspiration invites death by comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: C minus
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 13, 2012
Honoré's a genuinely gifted eccentric of a filmmaker, but on the evidence of "Beloved," he could use a nap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 13, 2012
The plot of "Beloved," I'm afraid, may try your patience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix
September 11, 2012
Honoré's melodramatic excesses are tempered by the subtle performances of his leading ladies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 8, 2012
To see Deneuve singing in a train station again cannot help but recall "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" and Jacque Demy's film is honored as well in Alex Beaupain's songs with lyrics which propel the story encased in breezy pop tunes.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cole Smithey
September 8, 2012
What starts out as a perky musical, slides downward into a morass of misplaced romantic desires over the course of four decades.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 7, 2012
Somehow manages to feel sprawling and epic, while at the same time presenting an intimately observed view of two women's love lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 30, 2012
Skips around the decades, taking a minimalist approach to history - mostly by demonstrating how recent traumatic events have inconvenienced the love lives of its central characters.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 30, 2012
It's a film full of turbulence and passion, as a mother and daughter embark on their separate journeys - their pasts and futures, their happiness and sorrow, intertwined.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 27, 2012
Story, structure, and dialogue deflate whatever fizzy sexiness the actors try to inject.
Michael Dequina
August 22, 2012
The songs may not be particularly memorable; however, they serve their purpose in bolstering the emotional drive of the piece, and the film's effect would be neither as unique nor as lasting had they not been there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
August 22, 2012
Well-acted and initially refreshing, but uneven, unfocused and too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
August 20, 2012
This second-rate Jacques Demy homage crisscrosses multiple continents, nationalities, generations, decades and some key historic events in a helter-skelter romantic musical as odd as it is confusing and corny.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 17, 2012
Lung cancer, coronary thrombosis and French pop music: Two of these things will kill you, but the third will make you wish you were dead.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 16, 2012
"Beloved" has a big spirit and, somewhere along the line, it becomes a big film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
August 16, 2012
"Beloved" is both broody and bright, steeped in amour in all its Gallic permutations - mad, destined, unrequited, sustaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 16, 2012
"Beloved" is at once whimsical and heartfelt, alive to the absurdity and perversity of amorous behavior and also to the gravity and intensity of human emotions.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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