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Elles Reviews

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 7, 2012
Writer-director Malgorzata Szumowska breaks past the facile moralizing only once.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 7, 2012
"Elles" has a surprisingly deep performance in a disappointingly shallow movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
May 11, 2012
One of her (Binoche's) lesser choices.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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John Anderson
Newsday
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
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 27, 2012
"Elles" is provocative company, but it leaves us feeling hustled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 26, 2012
In case you have forgotten, all women are prostitutes, and all men are johns.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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April 26, 2012
The sex scenes are attention-getting, but Elles is most remarkable as a naturalistic portrait of a woman.
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
April 26, 2012
Elles is racy and often sexy, but underneath that simmers an old-school feminist anger.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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David Fear
Time Out
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
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Benjamin Mercer
Village Voice
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.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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
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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
March 7, 2012
Director Malgorzata Szumowska seems intent on drowning her film and her leading lady in campy erotic imagery.