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Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life Reviews

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Ginette Vincendeau
Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
In conjoining Jewish heritage and classic French chanson, Gainsbourg celebrates the hybridity of contemporary French culture, while its combination of realist narrative and poetic animation make it both a touching biopic and an inspired musical.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
March 17, 2012
I love it when a film surprises me, and "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life" won me over in the very beginning and held me for the full 122 minutes because of its quirky passion and intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 9, 2011
It's a comic-strip version of one man's life and times, but it's tres cool.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Beth Accomando
November 18, 2011
A cartoonist who created a graphic novel about Gainsbourg's life and who has now adapted it to the screen. The result is a film that's as playful as its subject matter although not nearly as provocative or complex.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
November 16, 2011
While the movie's on a roll, it's zesty, engaging and frisky.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 10, 2011
In short, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a charmer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 10, 2011
Very nearly as inventive and fascinating as it is frustrating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
November 4, 2011
French pop star Serge Gainsbourg was as much iconoclast as icon, so it's fitting that this fanciful biopic is both affectionate and irreverent.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 28, 2011
Whatever its faults, it's better than Nine.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 27, 2011
For better and for worse, Sfar's a fan, and his movie is a busy love letter to Gainsbourg that skates along the surface of the legend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 27, 2011
Why was Gainsbourg a hero? The film leaves the question hanging. I am afraid it was only because, like Sinatra, he did it his way. Which no one can deny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix
October 25, 2011
Elmosnino gives a deft and moving performance as the insecure piano player who reinvents himself as Gainsbourg, pop poet and improbable ladies' man, impelled to break taboos not only out of anger, but also to affirm his own existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Staci Layne Wilson
September 16, 2011
As a musical mischief maker who exuded endless existential ennui, Serge's complexity is just too ungainly for any one biopic - but G:AHL is great starter kit.
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
September 16, 2011
Gainsbourg is a noble attempt and interesting enough to keep you watching, but it's bound to disappoint fans of the singer's and possibly will confuse any newcomer to the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nathalie Atkinson
National Post
September 16, 2011
What elevates Gainsbourg above Behind The Music territory is that peppered with his songs, something the Gainsbourg family has never let any other biographical feature do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
September 15, 2011
While Sfar doesn't dare tinker with the facts or sully the mystique, he gains enormous traction via the imaginative and subversive manner he has devised to tell a story that, in many ways, is hard to believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shawn Levy
September 9, 2011
It's never more than an intro to a man who merits volumes.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
September 6, 2011
A lively bout between bio-pic and fairy tale.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 2, 2011
If only all biopics were as entertaining as this...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 1, 2011
Unconventional, imaginative, nothing if not audacious, "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life" is a portrait of creativity from the inside, a serious yet playful attempt to find an artistic way to tell an emotional truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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