Holy Motors


Holy Motors (2012)


Critic Consensus: Mesmerizingly strange and willfully perverse, Holy Motors offers an unforgettable visual feast alongside a spellbinding -- albeit unapologetically challenging -- narrative.


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From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man... He seems to be playing roles, plunging headlong into each part - but where are the cameras? Monsieur Oscar is alone, accompanied only by Céline, the slender blonde woman behind the wheel of the vast engine that transports him through and around Paris. He's like a conscientious assassin moving from hit to hit. In pursuit of the beautiful gesture, the mysterious driving force, the women and the ghosts of past lives. But where is his true home, his family, his rest? -- (C) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Holy Motors

All Critics (145) | Top Critics (35)

It is never dull.

Jun 17, 2013 | Full Review…

By the time this film's over, you're shaken, intrigued and reminded that art doesn't need to add up to be entrancing.

Jan 24, 2013 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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Holy Motors is some kind of wonderful.

Dec 21, 2012 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…
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Audiences who care about character and plot are liable to take the exit to a movie that makes sense.

Nov 29, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

All this random action, Carax suggests, is for some vast, abstract audience anxious to lose itself in imagined narratives.

Nov 22, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4

This is the kind of it-can-mean-whatever-you-want-it-to-mean art film that I usually run from, but Carax is such a prodigiously gifted mesmerist that, if you give way, you're likely to be enfolded in the film's phantasmagoria.

Nov 21, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Holy Motors


An incredibly absorbing and thought-provoking film that takes us in a mind-boggling journey with a character that drifts from one role to the next in many puzzling rendezvous and identities - a narrative experiment that proves to be fascinating and surprisingly moving.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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This film is very weird, and I am with the majority in thinking this. The film follows a man as he runs around town in a limousine with his faithful driver, put into different scenes that make no sense when put together, and then goes home. The first scene includes a motion capture simulated sex scene, followed by a blind hooligan kidnapping a model, and an accordion march through a church. There's many more scenes like this, and no, it doesn't make sense altogether. Even the ending doesn't make any sense, and it's the main resolution. The main thing to think about when watching this film is the beauty, the eccentricities in every scene, the amazing music, mood, cinematography. It's just an amazing feat of filmmaking and that is something I am with the majority as well. It's a bit slow and quiet at times, but it's something worth sticking with. Besides that, the performance Denis Lavant is spectacular, queer, awesome, and intriguing, all at once.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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The only "talking cars" movie worse than "Cars 2". Aside from an Andy Serkis-esque lead preformance from the chameleon Denis Lavant, "Holy Motors" is nothing more than pretentious nonsense, pandering to the type of fim geek who attempts to find deeper meaning in randomness. Follow me on Twitter @moviesmarkus

Markus Robinson
Markus Robinson

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