Esther Kahn Reviews

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September 16, 2020
Among the best films ever made about acting...
December 30, 2006
May 26, 2006
I found it endlessly fascinating.
June 18, 2005
May 13, 2005
March 31, 2003
It's a strange film, one that was hard for me to warm up to.
January 16, 2003
Beautiful and baffling.
January 11, 2003
Attempting to determine whether the offstage trauma that she's undergoing is genuine or an extreme form of method acting becomes the film's dramatic crux, and it's more than enough to hold the viewer's attention
December 11, 2002
The biggest problem I have (other than the very sluggish pace) is we never really see her Esther blossom as an actress, even though her talent is supposed to be growing.
June 30, 2002
An ambitious, serious film that manages to do virtually everything wrong; sitting through it is something akin to an act of cinematic penance.
May 30, 2002
The narrator and the other characters try to convince us that acting transfigures Esther, but she's never seen speaking on stage; one feels cheated, and Esther seems to remain an unchanged dullard.
April 12, 2002
Like its title character, Esther Kahn is unusual but unfortunately also irritating.
April 12, 2002
What makes Esther Kahn so demanding is that it progresses in such a low-key manner that it risks monotony. But it's worth the concentration.
April 11, 2002
Beautifully produced.
April 5, 2002
if you are an actor who can relate to the search for inner peace by dramatically depicting the lives of others onstage, then Esther's story is a compelling quest for truth.
March 13, 2002
Ms. Phoenix is completely lacking in charm and charisma, and is unable to project either Esther's initial anomie or her eventual awakening.
March 1, 2002
Ranks among the best films ever made about the acting profession.
March 1, 2002
It's a lot to ask people to sit still for two hours and change watching such a character, especially when rendered in as flat and impassive a manner as Phoenix's.
March 1, 2002
The French director has turned out nearly 21/2 hours of unfocused, excruciatingly tedious cinema that, half an hour in, starts making water torture seem appealing.
February 28, 2002
The problem is that rather than dramatizing this premise, Mr. Desplechin is content to state it.
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