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372 le Matin (Betty Blue) (37.2 Degrees in the Morning) Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 2, 2002
Love is not the same thing as nudity. This may seem obvious, but I feel it ought to be explained to director Jean-Jacques Beineix.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 26, 2009
It's a passionate love story executed in a dull fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Paul Attanasio
Washington Post
October 2, 2002
If Dalle finds with remarkable clarity the one note that her role calls for -- the petulant volcano -- she can't support the existential weight Beineix wants to drop on her.
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Peter Keough
Chicago Reader
October 2, 2002
Perhaps what is least satisfying about Beineix' effort is its implied theme -- that women are mere muses to be addled, suffocated, and sacrificed to revitalize the imaginations of men.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
If Betty Blue teaches us anything -- and there's a good chance it doesn't -- it's that life is full of little mysteries.
| Original Score: 2/5

June 8, 2009
Beineix's film is awash with the humour and cool of his debut, Diva, but lacks the cohesion to sustain its weighty ambition.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 17, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
November 15, 2009
Flows in a lambent pop style, warm to the touch and scarily intimate
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 17, 2009
Occasionally drags and meanders, but it boasts an impressive visual style and a radiant, charismatic performance by the ultra-sexy Béatrice Dalle.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.0/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 24, 2009
Rarely seen in this country in the intervening 23 years, Dalle gives one of the all-time-great performances as Betty.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
June 11, 2009
Expanded to its intended length, the movie feels not like a failed narrative hastily washed in luridness but a purposefully meandering allegory of artistic frustration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cole Smithey
October 25, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Dalle, a model, makes a moving debut as the desperate baby-doll who fails to mold reality to her own conceptions of happiness. Anglade is more introvertedly affecting as the lucidly casual, but devoted Zorg.
Christopher Null
October 29, 2004
Beineix's villagescapes and countryside vistas are hard to resist, and the dichotomy of a stone cold looney prancing around them only makes the tableau more curiously complete
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 26, 2004
Centers on the difficulties of living with a sexually free spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
July 2, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
June 10, 2009
Curvy, ripe Dalle, only 21 at the time and in her first screen role, completely commits to the part.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 10, 2009
If Betty Blue feasts on the bodies of its leads, it's this director's cut that fully establishes the movie's artistic bona fides.
| Original Score: 4/6
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
October 2, 2002
Like Zorg, we are bedazzled by Betty's bright eyes, big moue and wild child's ways.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
May 23, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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