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Brandon Judell
June 7, 2014
As an actor, Dolan's an accomplished comedian, one with a tragic core. And as a screenwriter and director, he's even better.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Genevieve Yue
Film Comment Magazine
November 13, 2013
Dolan's vision, however distracted, remains strong ( ... ) As a writer, director, producer, and actor, he throws himself into the film's disjointed spaces, highlighting the ways in which multiple and contradictory states can be inhabited simultaneously
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 14, 2013
Wonderful performances, poignant story, light tone and nifty visuals add up to a smart art-house package. Should hold appeal well beyond the gay crowd.
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
March 13, 2013
As a director, Mr. Dolan has a freewheeling style, and he's self-dramatizing enough to want to call attention to it without being too much of a visual show-off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Brandon Judell
October 31, 2012
This just might be as close as we'll ever get to seeing "Catcher in the Rye" on the screen. Truly hilarious.
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
July 15, 2012
For Dorval's acting alone, the film is a must-see. Add to that Dolan's own petulant performance, knowing eye for character detail, offbeat camera set-ups and assured direction, and the movie becomes a blissful character study. It's fabulous.
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Jay Weissberg
July 6, 2010
There's much to praise, especially the oh-so-real dialogue, but true psychological penetration is lacking and Dolan's hunger to prove his talent results in a superfluity of styles.
Donald Munro
Eye for Film
July 6, 2010
The film is annoyingly atelene.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Brunette
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2010
Uneven but funny and audacious adolescent comedy from a talented beginner.
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
June 5, 2010
(Xavier) Dolan's perceptive portrait isn't particularly nuanced but it does have the slap of honesty...
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
March 26, 2010
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Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
March 12, 2010
If the attention Dolan pays to his character's struggle with the paradox of loving his mother without actually liking her feels remarkably honest, his style of shooting feels anything but.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 16, 2010
...the sensational filmmaking debut of twenty year-old writer/director/star Xavier Dolan...exhibits not only technical competence and a strong artistic signature, but the maturity to recognize the underlying causes of teenage arrogance.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jason Anderson
February 12, 2010
This is hardly the reassuring, audience-friendly coming-of-age-and-out tale it could've been. It's very much a two-hander between opponents who are equally matched and often equally flawed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
February 5, 2010
[A] brilliantly sure-handed debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 5, 2010
A coming-of-age tale as ferociously raw as its teller -- the very young Xavier Dolan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 5, 2010
What makes it extraordinary is its depth of feeling, which Dolan's age makes all the more impressive: he was just 19 when he made this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
February 4, 2010
Xavier Dolan has done at 19 what most of us will never accomplish: produce a legitimate work of art that communicates to us in innovative, challenging and affecting ways.
Read More | Original Score: 83/100
Allan Hunter
Screen International
September 15, 2009
A stunning, semi-autobiographical tour de force from writer/director/producer/performer Xavier Dolan, it is a film with the sting of shrewdly observed truth.
Emanuel Levy
September 8, 2009
French Canadian Xavier Dolan, only 20, makes a splashy and bold feature directing debut in this coming of age tale about a precocious gay adolescent who engages in endless arguments (both funny and horrific) with his crass single mother.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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