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Cleo From 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7) Reviews

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Top Critic
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Generally, Mlle. Varda is so absorbed with her camera stunts, as she is in that scene in the hat shop or when she is screening that comedy short, that the essential concentration on the heroine is neglected and the interest lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
July 12, 2003
By most accounts, photographer-turned-director Agnès Varda is considered the archetypal girl who crashed the big boys' clubhouse, and Cléo from 5 to 7 was the film that paid her membership fee.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
November 24, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 1, 2007
Varda could have stopped after "Cleo From 5 to 7" with the assurance that she'd contributed more to cinema than most directors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Leo Robson
Financial Times
April 29, 2010
Like many New Wave films, Cléo from 5 to 7 alternates between ambiguity and charm on the one hand, vagueness and whimsy on the other.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
April 19, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
July 25, 2014
[VIDEO ESSAY] The filmic transportation from the "ephemeral" to the "miraculous" - from the disguised to the unveiled - speaks volumes in unaffected feminist terms about female reality in Paris in 1961.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 13, 2006
Varda uses her documentary skills to take an objective approach to the material, rather than a sentimental one. It's amazing how much can happen in two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Staci Layne Wilson
November 14, 2013
The locations, costumes, and fantastic cinematography and editing present a time-capsule of pure wow.
Christopher Null
January 29, 2003
Told in real time, Agnès Varda's film has tons of heart and brains to match.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 10, 2006
... has its spirited moments.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 29, 2008
| Original Score: 5/5
Gabe Leibowitz
October 7, 2004
As good as almost any entry from the French New Wave...a devastating portrait of running out of time...
| Original Score: 5/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
April 29, 2010
Race to see Agnes Varda's exquisite 1962 New Wave masterpiece, about an hour and a half in the life of a gorgeous, possibly dying chanteuse.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 9, 2006
| Original Score: 5/5
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
April 3, 2003
Why Agnes Varda's Cleo From 5 to 7 is not considered a classic of the French New Wave on the order of Truffaut's The 400 Blows or Godard's Breathless is a complete mystery. Well, I tell a lie.
Josh Larsen
May 21, 2015
...stands apart from the French New Wave in that it is very much the story of a woman, not about a woman.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Ed Halter
Village Voice
November 21, 2006
Varda transforms the typical French cinema gamine into a complex, tragic figure: the girl who's all too good at playing plaything, forced to face the hollowness of her youth.
Emanuel Levy
July 3, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
April 29, 2010
This remarkable feature typifies all that was good in French film-making during its celebrated New Wave.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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