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Coco Before Chanel Reviews

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September 25, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
October 7, 2009
One can see where the story might be of great interest to fans and devotees of Chanel, but for casual viewers who have never seen her as more than the face behind an empire, there's too little in this movie to provide more than a casual diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
November 6, 2009
A better title: "Coco Before She Was Interesting."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 31, 2009
The film is sumptuously designed and tailored, with none of life's real filth ever pictured.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 25, 2009
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
July 31, 2009
The whole thing's severe and joyless. It's handsomely shot but unfortunately they forgot to include the bit that explains why we should give a stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 21, 2009
Fontaine dramatizes Coco's struggles respectfully if mundanely, crafting believable period detail for her procession of key-life-moment scenes, all of which employ serviceable but far from groundbreaking psychologizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 3, 2009
As essayed by Audrey Tautou through Anne Fontaine's lens, this Chanel is dry as toast and the antithesis of her sensual sartorial creations.
June 24, 2009
It doesn't quite fulfil the promise of the subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 28, 2009
Coco Avant Chanel is a dull, superficial portrait of a brilliant woman.
September 25, 2009
The only biopic approved by the House of Chanel, clearly for its utter topicality and lack of challenge to Chanel's mythos. Amazing how a life so thoroughly lived could come off so flat and listless onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 15, 2009
A static, familiar romantic tragedy. It lacks electricity, and while gorgeously produced and smartly acted, the stillness of the film is often insufferable.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 25, 2009
A flat, airless tale of a sullen hooker who lucked out.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 16, 2009
For as much as the camera loves Audrey Tautou--and it loves her a lot--director Anne Fontaine never shows the particular zing of je ne c'est quoi that rocketed Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel from gifted hat-maker to pioneering feminist fashion designer of the 20
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 24, 2010
Fashion biopic is OK for teens; more style than substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 23, 2009
Coco Before Chanel only starts to get interesting when she asserts her creative and financial freedom -- and that's right when the movie's about to end.
October 8, 2009
As drab, lifeless and stultifying as the fashions that Chanel was trying to liberate women from in the first place.
July 29, 2010
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 31, 2009
Unlike her famous designs, this lacks structure, texture and interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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