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Contempt Reviews

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Martyn Conterio
January 14, 2016
Godard was the artist who tore cinema apart and rebuilt it to suit his own interests and ends.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emma Simmonds
The List
January 4, 2016
If Le Mépris lacks the uninhibited character of, say, Breathless, Pierrot le Fou, or Alphaville it undoubtedly makes up for it in emotional potency.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
January 3, 2016
If you want to know the cinema of Godard, then this is a great place to start.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan Romney
Observer (UK)
January 3, 2016
Steeped in melancholy and a sense of mourning.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
January 1, 2016
The miracle here is that for all its use of irony and self-reflexive devices, Le Mepris still ends up with a considerable emotional punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
January 1, 2016
This is one of the French new wave master's seminal films, a satire on the making of a Hollywood-style movie that exploits Bardot's femme fatale Camille with no less aplomb than Hollywood itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
December 31, 2015
Uncompromising, uningratiating film-making.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wally Hammond
Little White Lies
December 29, 2015
A knowing, tragic-comic aria for love and moviemaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
October 7, 2013
Instinctively self-reflexive, "Contempt" ("Le Mepris") is one of Jean-Luc Goddard's brightest achievements
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
September 3, 2013
Possibly Godard's most melancholy film and probably his most beautiful ...
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
September 1, 2013
A rich and heady cocktail of the various things swimming around in Jean-Luc Godard's mind at the time of its production.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dan Jardine
July 12, 2011
Who is the Godard guy and how could he make something as humdrum yet full-of-itself as Contempt?
Full Review | Original Score: 62/100
Emanuel Levy
April 9, 2011
Godard's self-reflexive meditation about love, marriage, and filmmaking is a masterpiece, which among other things, proves that sex symbol Brigitte Bardot could act.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 11, 2008
What's the price of selling out? Contempt asks the question of its characters, its audience, and its own director.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 6, 2005
It's talky and filled with broken rhythms and a running stream of thoughts, and is boldly told in exaggerated stylized terms.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 9, 2004
An expensive international production, but still one of Godard's most personal and most perverse films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Godard sets interesting scenes, with provocative color combinations and a suggestive pictorial flow. But out of it all comes nothing -- or very little that tells you why this wife is so contemptuous of her husband. Maybe he should be contemptuous of her!
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeremiah Kipp
February 15, 2003
Screw Adaptation and its lack of temerity. Contempt is a meta-movie that places the onus back on the viewer. How are we to sensibly respond, and is there any sense in that at all?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
December 29, 2002
While Contempt is seen by many as Godard's most "commercial" or "mainstream" film, it is also one of his most emotionally stirring and deeply felt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Langdon
December 12, 2002
A superlative film about many things, including the making of a film, the break-up of a married couple, and the parallels between the contemporary New Wave world (of 1963) and the classical (Old Wave) world of Homer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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