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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
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Karina Longworth
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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.
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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
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
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 5, 2009
There's a lot to like here. The film looks beautiful, and Alexandre Desplat's score is suitably moody.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 4, 2009
Fontaine manages to create a film that captures both the essence of its subject and the times and circumstances that helped to shape her.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Camerin Courtney
Christianity Today
October 31, 2009
A bit more of Coco becoming Chanel was what I expected, and what would have elevated this film beyond the typical period-piece love story fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
October 29, 2009
In Coco Before Chanel, Audrey Tautou coolly charms as the designer in her formative years. On a scale of 8, the film is a Chanel #5.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 23, 2009
The film is unfailingly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 23, 2009
We are used to seeing Tautou play the sweetheart. Here, she's anything but. Constantly smoking, dour, unsmiling, critical, she plays a character difficult to warm to but fascinating to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 23, 2009
Audrey Tatou may have been born to play Coco Chanel ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elias Savada
Film Threat
October 23, 2009
It's nice when so many technical and emotional elements come together in a film. Coco Before Chanel is a hard luck, true life fairy tale story told with poignant humility, embellished with solid acting and determined direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
October 23, 2009
Tautou is, as ever, radiant and deep and affecting, but a film about such an extraordinary personage as Chanel shouldn't feel so ordinary and wan.
| Original Score: B-
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