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August 31, 2011
Beyond its fantasy elements, Sfar's film doesn't color outside the lines as much as he might like us to think.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.8/10
August 31, 2011
Despite the attention the film pays to the divide between the man as the ungainly, loving second-gen immigrant versus the boozy provocateur, it's not a portrait of much psychological depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 4, 2010
Gainsbourg is like a song without a decent chorus, and the man himself, a gifted craftsman, would never have stood for that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 3, 2010
This plodding, largely uneventful biopic of French singer/songwriter/philanderer Serge Gainsbourg flails with its episodic structure and dire attempts at stylistic quirkiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 3, 2010
Viewers unfamiliar with the length, breadth and weirdness of Gainsbourg's imposing body of work will find it difficult to connect with this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 18, 2011
Overall, the film makes a common mistake: it tells what happened to Gainsbourg, but not who he really was.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 30, 2010
It's a brave variation on the biopic, but not a compelling one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 1, 2011
A few shots of full frontal and an actual devil to point to are poor substitutes for exposure and depth of character.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
August 30, 2011
Lacks either the dramatic intensity or the arresting insight that might have lifted it out of the pedestrian realm of the admiring biopic.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 30, 2011
Still, for all the 40-year-old filmmaker's interpolated animations and puppets, for the insouciant, slapdash tone that characterizes his graphic novels, and for his protagonist's proclivity for scandal, the movie is too timidly conceived by half.
October 27, 2011
Alas, "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life" loses steam and grows more perfunctory as it wears on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 1, 2011
drifts for much of its extended runtime like a stream of Technicolor tobacco smoke
| Original Score: 3/5
February 1, 2010
Biopic of French proto-punk starts well but loses focus.
September 15, 2011
Since director Sfar didn't think it important to deal with the "facts" of Gainsbourg's interesting life, what's the point of seeing his phantasmagoric film?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
August 30, 2011
What's surprising, and ultimately disappointing, about Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is the degree to which Sfar allows biopic obligations to smother his more whimsical instincts.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 8, 2011
A sloggy fantasia about Gainsbourg's life featuring such oddities as a giant, hook-nosed puppet that acts as the singer's alter ego, as well as a parade of showy sequences involving grand Gainsbourg amours Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 16, 2011
You can't say Gainsbourg lacks vision. It's got vision to spare, really. That's the problem.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 16, 2011
Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life accepts its subject on his own terms. And the compromise feels like capitulation before its hero's last record spins to a close.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 14, 2011
A viewer who comes into "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life" knowing nothing about Serge Gainsbourg will not come out the other side especially enlightened about the late French-Jewish singer-songwriter's life, least of all why it is heroic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 27, 2011
It's the story of a genius with no moral sense and no interests beyond sensuality. The catchy, insinuating music can only carry you so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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