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Beloved Reviews

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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
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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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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
TheMovieReport.com
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
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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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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August 16, 2012
This stylish film is enormous fun, whirling and warbling across four decades of amour.
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
August 16, 2012
Beloved is a tenderly sincere musical that celebrates love even as it acknowledges the ways in which it can sometimes lead to tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 7, 2012
The main reason to see this French romantic melodrama is its glorious cast, headed by Catherine Deneuve and real-life daughter Ciara Mastroianni.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
August 1, 2012
Opening as a light, bright tale of romance, the musical-drama becomes increasingly complex and portentous.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
June 11, 2012
Honoré's heartbreaking, gloriously directed and performed musical suggests that this most hipsterish and Parisian of French filmmakers is best when he sets his stories to song.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
May 11, 2012
A melancholy French musical that stretches across four decades and several continents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
May 11, 2012
The casting of Deneuve, the star of Umbrellas, and her daughter, by Marcello Mastroianni, give their all and are a major part of the film's allure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 10, 2012
For me, the brooding Garrel is pretty insufferable, but his mannerisms are at least reasonably in check here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
The List
May 10, 2012
A sprawling, messily ambitious epic of unrequited love and unfulfilled hearts that is lent an added poignancy by the casting of Mastroianni's mother Catherine Deneuve as the older Madeleine and by all the cinematic ghosts that accompany her appearance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joseph Walsh
Little White Lies
May 10, 2012
Christophe Honoré's delivers on his promises and provides a captivating film that just needs the fat trimming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 10, 2012
An emotionally engaging French drama with strong performances and catchy songs, though it occasionally dips too far into melodrama and its unnecessarily lengthy running time eventually takes its toll.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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