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Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky Reviews

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Dan Kois
Washington Post
August 16, 2010
Beautiful but indulgent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
August 5, 2010
Anna Mouglalis makes for an icier Coco than Audrey Tautou, hardened by the death in 1919 of Boy Capel, the love of her life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 30, 2010
Too much of the time, the film seems intoxicated by its own sense of importance.
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
July 23, 2010
Two narcissists do not a couple make, and without any actual relationship, there really isn't a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 8, 2010
There's fascinating material here, but instead Kounen and screenwriter Chris Greenhalgh too often settle for giving us a conventional and even dull love triangle: self-absorbed career woman, ailing wife, passive man torn between the two of them.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 8, 2010
Jan Kounen's film is ravishingly beautiful, but inhumanly cool. The severe black-and-white deco interiors of Chanel's estate suggest an elegant chessboard where pitiless mind games are being played.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 8, 2010
Although the sex scenes are explicit, the movie also uses grace and suggestion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 1, 2010
The performances are well-modulated to project exactly what the director, Jan Kounen, wants to say about these two people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 25, 2010
A sumptuous re-creation of '20s France and the mad affair between two of the century's most iconic figures.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 25, 2010
Seldom have the forces of change seemed so static.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 25, 2010
We are given little idea of what made these two icy sourpusses artists, let alone lovers. Both come across as shallow and unlikable people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 25, 2010
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky offers two hours of luxury and loveliness, music and art, and a bit of sexually charged madness, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 24, 2010
The movie Kounen and his co-writers, Carlo de Bounty and Chris Greenhalgh, have made of Greenhalgh's novel is based on the rumor of an affair. As such, it's faintly soapy. But Kounen heightens the speculative circumstances by treating them like a dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
June 23, 2010
The mystery - and the chief pleasure of this stylistic exercise - lies with the music.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 18, 2010
The brief 1920s romance between the great French designer Coco Chanel and the great composer Igor Stravinsky has resulted in a movie as pedestrian as its title.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2010
For at least a half hour, Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky is a brilliant and exciting film and seems almost sure to be one of the best of 2010.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sam Adams
AV Club
June 17, 2010
In the end, Coco & Igor offers little insight into its titular titans of modernism. There's little understanding of their individual aesthetics, let alone how they (hypothetically) informed each other.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 11, 2010
A persuasive depiction of the tempestuous affair of two 20th-century titans.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 11, 2010
Stares may smolder, but the movie never catches fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 9, 2010
The movie, by Dutch director Jan Kounen, is all surfaces, set pieces, Significant Looks, and voguing -- the same strictures Chanel and Stravinsky sought to bust.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 9, 2010
Exquisitely designed, lushly photographed, beautifully acted, this historic footnote to the secret lives of two of the most brilliant and fascinating people of the 20th century is absolutely mesmerizing. Who knew they were lovers?
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Olivia Giovetti
Time Out
June 9, 2010
A Bergmanesque two-hour fantasia told through dour, elegiac stares.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
June 8, 2010
Lit like a David Fincher music video and shot with a gliding camera approximating a wandering eye, Stravinsky strains to convince that its lascivious pleasures have historical import.