Beloved Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
November 27, 2011
Beloved veers too wildly into the 'bitter' and the 'sweet', never quite syncing up into a totally satisfying final product.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
August 14, 2012
Ultimately crammed at a frustrating juncture between period-piece froth and seriously conceived drama, never tipping its hand toward either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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
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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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
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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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 9, 2012
The early scenes with Sagnier have real verve, and Honoré handles his first few shifts in time well, but ennui sets in with yet another chapter bringing songs of decreasing quality and events of increasing tiresomeness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 16, 2012
Low-calorie stories about two women who are unlucky in love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph
May 11, 2012
It feels like a vanity project, and it doesn't help that the songs - tremulous, world-weary and melancholy - sound much the same despite the changing times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
August 14, 2012
A sprawling mess of multiple romantic triangles in which all the angles are obtuse.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
May 12, 2012
Those who like Beloved will file it under guilty pleasures.
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Fear
Time Out
August 14, 2012
"Your charm is quickly fading," quips one character to another. You'd think she was speaking to someone behind the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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
Joe 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
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