Elle Reviews

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September 19, 2017
Whatever your reaction to the plot, it's undeniable that watching Huppert defy any expectation you have of her characters makes up for the piled-on nature of the plot.
June 29, 2017
This is Verhoeven's point: the violence Michèle suffers is not isolated, but just an extreme symptom of the misogyny that permeates Michèle's life.
March 9, 2017
I haven't been so gripped by a film in a long time, but I'm still not sure if my intense engagement with Elle was for the right reasons. This is a shocking, transgressive, wickedly funny psychological thriller.
March 9, 2017
Huppert's magnificent performance glazes everything with mystery and is an essential flavour for its dark and sulphurous absurdity.
March 7, 2017
Teases the viewer with its every double-edged frame.
February 1, 2017
Elle's moral ambiguity and controversial content are its strengths.
January 20, 2017
"Elle" never pulls any punches, and Verhoeven titillates right until the end.
December 22, 2016
There are several ways you can watch "Elle," only one of which is mildly enjoyable.
December 22, 2016
Get over your subtitle phobia and check out one of the best films of the year.
November 30, 2016
Elle is clean, deep, and uncomfortable.
November 22, 2016
Like its heroine, the film shocks by lunging back and forth between comedy and tragedy.
November 22, 2016
Huppert is phenomenal in her most unnerving performance since Michael Haneke's "The Piano Teacher."
November 21, 2016
It doesn't exist except as a pile of tropes and clichés that have neither a material nor a symbolic identity but solely a string of simplistic causes and programmed responses.
November 18, 2016
Ultimately the identity of the masked attacker is moot: in [director] Verhoeven's eyes every man is capable of rape.
November 18, 2016
In the end, Michèle's entire persona and all her actions are a reaction to the behaviour of the men around her and her character becomes flatter and less intriguing the more her own sociopathy is exposed.
November 17, 2016
Equal parts sexploitation drama, social satire and empowerment fantasy, Elle leaves us unsure of what we're watching and how we should respond.
November 17, 2016
"Elle" would be too clever by half - not to mention fatally offensive - were it not for Huppert, who in her portrayal of Michèle owns the movie from its opening moments to its bizarre, but not entirely surprising, denouement.
November 16, 2016
Verhoeven creates an elegant frame for his lead actress and lets her fill it, and what we end up with is Huppert's best collaboration with a director since the death of Claude Chabrol.
November 14, 2016
The question of whether "Elle" is pernicious nonsense or an excruciating black comedy is brushed aside in Huppert's demonstration of sangfroid.
November 12, 2016
For people who enjoy coming out of movies unsettled, a little riled up, bursting with questions, and spoiling for a debate, see Elle.
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