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Blue Is The Warmest Color Reviews

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 8, 2013
Blue is the Warmest Colour is too exceptional a film to be defined by its controversy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 8, 2013
An astounding, complex film about the ecstasy, the danger and the beauty of love.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 7, 2013
One of the year's best films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 7, 2013
A love story so erotically charged that it short circuits our higher functions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 7, 2013
Forget the controversy and see Blue is the Warmest Color for what it truly is: a warm and compassionate ode to the vagaries of the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
November 1, 2013
This exploration of tumultuous romance is rare in its scope and frankness.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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John Anderson
Newsday
November 1, 2013
The more wondrous things about "Blue Is the Warmest Color" include its emotional honesty, precision, abandon and need.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 1, 2013
This three-hour portrait of a young French woman named Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) captures the dizzying, all-consuming ardor of first love, the joyous discovery of bringing your body and mind into union with another human being.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 31, 2013
Make no mistake, "Blue Is the Warmest Color" constitutes a breakthrough, in addition to being the best film of 2013.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 31, 2013
A great movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 31, 2013
The film's French title is "The Life of Adèle, Chapters 1 and 2." At the fade-out, you feel, with sympathy and hope, how much more lies ahead of her.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 31, 2013
So full of passions and appetites, it's impossible for it not to exhaust you. Yet, isn't too much of a good thing better than not enough of it?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 31, 2013
About our appetites-for love, connection, life fully and vibrantly lived-and how, at the end of the day, we still end up hungry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 30, 2013
It's an almost overpowering experience - a movie that transcends voyeurism and invites empathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 28, 2013
What makes this melancholy relationship drama play out as more than a hot lesbian remake of Annie Hall is the vibrant connection between the two gifted actresses at its center.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 25, 2013
The two actresses, seen up close or from far away, are extraordinary. The emotional trajectory of their passion is entirely believable and ultimately heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 25, 2013
Love hurts in Blue Is the Warmest Color. That's why it sticks with you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 25, 2013
An undeniably moving picture which is both problematic and astonishingly acted, sometimes frustratingly wrongheaded and occasionally lit by flashes of insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 25, 2013
A routine love story elevated by one of the year's most magnetic performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 25, 2013
The film is like a tough exam that everybody aced. The director, the actresses, the moviegoer - we all deserve a très bien.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 24, 2013
It's perhaps the first great love story of the 21st century that could belong only to this century.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 24, 2013
The truth of its emotionally raw, romantic drama is eternal and universal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 24, 2013
The performances are nothing less than astonishing.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 24, 2013
A fairly simple, unevenly told and expertly acted romance about two young French women in love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
October 24, 2013
While the director takes care to show how Adèle struggles with social pressure, hiding her sexuality from her friends and parents, that aspect never hijacks the narrative. This is a drama of self-discovery, not a social-issues film.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
October 22, 2013
Somehow Seydoux and Exarchopoulos manifest an idea of desire, a mood that performers and directors often fail to capture even when there's good on-set chemistry.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
October 21, 2013
From the moment when Adèle first catches sight of Emma, on a busy crosswalk, the movie restores your faith in the power of the coup de foudre and yet redoubles your fear of its effect; love, like lightning, can both illuminate and scorch.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 21, 2013
The movie goes on for three hours without an emotional letup-it's finally overwhelming.
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Leah Greenblatt
Entertainment Weekly
October 17, 2013
The most explicit organ in Blue Is the Warmest Color, believe it or not, is the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
October 10, 2013
Seydoux and Exarchopoulos deliver worthy performances, but Kechiche mishandles his ultrawidescreen frame by shooting almost every scene in the same shallow-focus medium close-up.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 13, 2013
The movie feels far more about Mr. Kechiche's desires than anything else.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
September 13, 2013
Though nobody states it outright, "Blue is the Warmest Color" elegantly tussles with the idea of reconciling desire with other factors involved in the cultivation of healthy companionship.
Full Review | Original Score: a-
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
September 13, 2013
Blue Is The Warmest Color is familiar in its broad outline but bracingly specific in its minute details, and it traffics in feelings so raw that they're almost painful to observe.
Full Review | Original Score: b+
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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2013
A sprawling, emotionally absorbing tale of young love from Franco-Tunisian auteur Abdellatif Kechiche.
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Justin Chang
Variety
September 13, 2013
It's a measure of the honesty and generosity of Kechiche's storytelling that the picture's explicit sexuality and extreme running time feel consistent with his raw, sensual embrace of all aspects of life.
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Barbara Scharres
RogerEbert.com
September 13, 2013
The trajectory of life in "Blue Is the Warmest Color" is grounded in the normalcy of the ordinary, and Kechiche depicts love of any persuasion as the stuff of everyday.
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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
May 28, 2013
A shattering masterpiece about sexual awakening, heartbreak, and self-discovery.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 25, 2013
If I can't quite get beyond a kind of clinical admiration for the film, it's due to Kechiche's unadorned vérité aesthetic, a cinema consciously bereft of the poetic flourish-for me a fault, for others a benefit.
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
May 24, 2013
If you don't see yourself in its depiction of intense emotion I both envy and pity you.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.6/10
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Guy Lodge
Time Out
May 23, 2013
An intimate epic in every sense of the term, its every subtle emotional turn rendered widescreen on [Adèle] Exarchopoulos's exquisitely expressive face.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5