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Coco Before Chanel Reviews

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Joanna Hunkin
New Zealand Herald
June 22, 2016
Tautou's performance as the prickly upstart is excellent, if not terribly likeable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jon Frosch
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
September 10, 2010
The movie leaves you with the depressing feeling that not everyone deserves a biopic.
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
August 24, 2010
Fashion biopic is OK for teens; more style than substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
July 29, 2010
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
Less an evolution of the most famous fashionista of the last century, and more an exploration of how an influential figure found love while finding her calling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Peter Canavese
Palo Alto Weekly
July 6, 2010
If Chanel's early years were really this boring, why bother with them?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
April 2, 2010
An interesting, but slow, look at the life of the legendary Chanel before she became famous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Axmaker
MSN.com
February 17, 2010
... handsome but not particularly enlightening.
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
February 8, 2010
Traces the troubled life of the famed clothing designer noted for an unstoppable drive to smash gender and garment ceilings alike.
William Goss
Orlando Weekly
December 17, 2009
It begs the question of why such a painstaking effort would be taken to re-create a life that could not seem less dramatic to the woman who's living it.
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
December 17, 2009
there were better ways to portray fascinating life of Coco Chanel
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
November 19, 2009
Coco Before Chanel cannot get out from under the romantic fabrications and excesses that ostensibly annoyed its subject.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 18, 2009
A movie that is tres chic even if it sometimes resembles those corsets Coco banished, a little stiff and confining.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
November 13, 2009
I don't remember ever seeing a photo of Chanel before, but when we see Tautou as the middle-aged, iconic Chanel, a cigarette dangling insouciantly from her lips, I knew it was an uncanny resemblance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 6, 2009
Ultimately, [Benoit Poelvoorde] is the one who holds this knotty yarn in place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
November 6, 2009
This guilty pleasure costume drama leaves you wanting to know more about this extraordinary woman considered one of the most influential in the 20th century. Let's hope that Fontaine can do a follow-up with "After" in the title.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
November 6, 2009
The script...adheres closely to biopic conventions but is brought alive by the magnetic performance of Tautou with strong support particularly from Poelvoorde and Devos.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 6, 2009
'Coco Before Chanel'? Whose bright idea was that? Isn't that like 'Amelia Before Airplanes'? Or 'Frankenstein Before Med School'?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
November 6, 2009
A better title: "Coco Before She Was Interesting."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike Ward
Richmond.com
November 6, 2009
Earlier in the year we had Julia Childs, two weeks ago we has Amelia Earhart, and this week we have Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel. Who's next? Rachel Ray and her journey to invent edible crayons? Hannah Montana's battle against Dissociative Identity Disorder?
| Original Score: 3/4
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