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Elles Reviews

June 21, 2012
This Paris-based film from Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska is a fairly unengaging journalism procedural shellacked with a veneer of elliptical, complicated symbolism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 7, 2012
Writer-director Malgorzata Szumowska breaks past the facile moralizing only once.
June 7, 2012
"Elles" has a surprisingly deep performance in a disappointingly shallow movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 17, 2012
Binoche is the disappointment. More than half the problem is that the script, co-written by the director, gives her little to do but fret and mope.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 11, 2012
One of her (Binoche's) lesser choices.
May 10, 2012
Both provocative and muddled, the film's a moody, passive-aggressive tract that's buoyed by superior performances and sunk by its own uncertainties.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 4, 2012
This is not an entirely new idea. Nor does "Elles" offer any new insights into either domestic slavery or sex work. But it does offer a lot of sex, which for some will be just fine.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 27, 2012
"Elles" is provocative company, but it leaves us feeling hustled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 27, 2012
Szumowska provides lurid scenes of perverted sex, but she offers no new insight into the sordid world of prostitution and the dangers sex workers face.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 27, 2012
The acting by Binoche and her two young co-stars is more nuanced than the film deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 26, 2012
In case you have forgotten, all women are prostitutes, and all men are johns.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
April 26, 2012
The sex scenes are attention-getting, but Elles is most remarkable as a naturalistic portrait of a woman.
April 26, 2012
As an essay on women's roles in society and cross-generational female desire, the film provides many questions with no easy answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 26, 2012
Elles is racy and often sexy, but underneath that simmers an old-school feminist anger.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 24, 2012
Titillation and tentative stabs at gender studies do not a cogent cri de coeur make. It's simply a provocation that's all hopped up with nowhere to go.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 24, 2012
It's entirely too much for co-writer/director Malgoska Szumowska to coherently flesh out in an hour and a half, especially with so much time dedicated just to the state of arousal.
April 19, 2012
It feels like a portrait of a fleeting bourgeois crisis, something Binoche performs well but which feels skin deep when the film is flirting with more fleshy issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 7, 2012
Director Malgorzata Szumowska seems intent on drowning her film and her leading lady in campy erotic imagery.