Clouds of Sils Maria Reviews

November 7, 2017
It's easier to evoke a cinematic tradition through a few italicized stylistic tendencies than it is to convincingly fabricate a modern masterpiece of European drama through a few lines of dialogue.
November 9, 2015
A tiresomely talky and self-consciously cerebral French film from director Olivier Assayas.
May 29, 2015
Too much talk, too little soul.
May 14, 2015
Binoche and Stewart anchor the stronger parts of Assayas' script, but nothing can save such an ultimately unpleasant and disingenuous piece of cinema.
May 8, 2015
There's a lot to recommend but the film is so in love with its form, so consumed by its abstract artifice, that it loses its grasp on the way people actually think and feel.
May 6, 2015
A primary symbol, the Maloja Snake is a cloud formation that winds through the Alps like a colossal cotton anaconda. There's a reason it's called a natural wonder. It's only natural to wonder what any of this self-indulgent silliness is supposed to mean.
May 1, 2015
Examines the woes of an aging actress
April 30, 2015
Brilliant performances aside, "Clouds of Sils Maria" is overlong and much too self-indulgently an "art film." It might have benefited from being just a bit more grounded.
April 26, 2015
Essentially three different films, and each one in order is a little bit less interesting.
April 19, 2015
In the end, there's a sense that director Olivier Assayas is more concerned about making a point than telling a story.
April 17, 2015
Every layer and point of self-reference serves as a reminder that it's upon the audience to discern significance from the material.
April 9, 2015
Like the Alps it's set in, "Clouds of Sils Maria" just goes on and on. Except in its case, there are more valleys than peaks.
April 9, 2015
Style, ambition and even title cloud the confusion at its heart.
April 9, 2015
"Clouds Of Sils Maria" swirls with provocative ideas, but they're talked about more than dramatized ...
April 8, 2015
A backstage drama that has all the sizzle of a glass of water resting on the windowsill, Olivier Assayas' "Clouds of Sils Maria" mistakes lack of dramatic imagination for smoldering subtlety.
September 4, 2014
Even with excellent performances, Clouds of Sils Maria is overlong and obvious, reiterating tired points about acting, aging and identity without moving anywhere new thematically.
May 30, 2014
...'Sils Maria' threads through the peaks and valleys of weighty, interesting topics, but makes no lasting impression on them, insubstantial as a cloud.