The film stops dead in its tracks with the introduction of stout Catholic brother Paul Claudel.
| Original Score: 2/5
A worthy film of such glacial pacing that it unfortunately borders on the soporific.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Juliette Binoche, as Claudel, is occasionally touching, but as soon as interest flares, the movie suffocates it via endless takes of her suffering through daily chores.
| Original Score: 1/4
Whatever nuance the movie has, it owes to Binoche's performance; despite the material and visual context, she's able to convey a sense of contradiction and inner life.
| Original Score: C-
Juliette Binoche is brilliant, but the movie is a bit of a slog and its use of real mental patients as extras feels uncomfortably close to exploitation.
| Original Score: 3/5
Juliette Binoche's face, as we know, can tell a million stories in a simple and brief rearrangement of her facial muscles.
| Original Score: 2/4
Despite beautiful cinematography and Juliette Binoche in the title role, Bruno Dumont's biopic is a dull fictionalized depiction of three days of the eponymous sculptor's 30-year confinement.
Despite its austere beauty, elegant triptych-like structure and faultlessly disciplined performances, "Camille Claudel 1915" still raises more questions than it answers ...
This is a stark film, about the human condition at its most base and degraded.
| Original Score: 4/5
By the end, you are left with a feeling of helplessness, rage, and a kind of abstracted bafflement. How did this happen?
| Original Score: 4/4
Camille Claudel, 1915 is as ascetic and austere as anything [Bruno Dumont's] done, and definitely not for everyone.
Dumont's commitment to tone and aesthetics is remorseless - this was an injustice, and you will suffer accordingly for 94 minutes. But it's not just suffering for suffering's sake.
Strong feminist interpretation to tragic thwarted creativity. . .Binoche fiercely embodies extraordinary woman working to act normal surrounded by abnormal and [no] freedom.
| Original Score: 9/10
Mesmerizing and heartbreaking with a brave, raw and convincingly moving performance by Juliette Binoche.
| Original Score: 9.21/10
A deeply unsettling experience, a muffled cry from and for a woman cast aside by her family and by history.
| Original Score: 8/10
Equal parts character-study and social commentary, Dumont's film weighs the soul and promise of an artist who was sold down the river by her mentor and by her family members.
| Original Score: B+
A measured, challenging historical drama but also one of Dumont's more accessible films.
A luminous performance from Juliette Binoche is the star attraction in this intense and challenging historical drama.
As non-plot becomes plot, so "shapelessness" finds its own shape. The film gathers mass, power and beauty as if unguided.
| Original Score: 5/5
What emerges is a demanding but hypnotic, probing portrait of an artist denied her art, by a director in total command of his.