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In Praise Of Love (Éloge de l'amour) Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 18, 2002
What strange confusion besets Jean-Luc Godard? He stumbles through the wreckage of this film like a baffled Lear, seeking to exercise power that is no longer his.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Larry Carroll
September 6, 2002
With Love, the 71 year-old Godard has created the film equivalent of a visit to your grandfather at the nursing home.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 24, 2003
An unsuccessful attempt at a movie of ideas.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
Nick Schager
Matinee Magazine
September 15, 2002
For all its technical virtuosity, the film is so mired in juvenile and near-xenophobic pedagogy that it's enough to make one pine for the day when Godard can no longer handle the rigors of filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Frank Ochieng
September 17, 2002
Godard's ode to tackling life's wonderment is a rambling and incoherent manifesto about the vagueness of topical excess...In Praise of Love remains a ponderous and pretentious endeavor that's unfocused and tediously exasperating.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
January 15, 2003
Gone are the days of an exciting existentialist movie mastermind who once knew how to stroke the consciousness of the enthusiastically challenged, adventurous moviegoer.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
This is the first Godard film released in the UK in 14 years ... and on this evidence we can see why.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Film Threat
May 6, 2003
It's intriguing, visually arresting and utterly impenetrable!
| Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 4, 2003
What keeps me coming back to a filmmaker I never warmed up to, is that I find the rascal irresistible.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 5, 2002
The beautiful images and solemn words cannot disguise the slack complacency of [Godard's] vision, any more than the gorgeous piano and strings on the soundtrack can drown out the tinny self-righteousness of his voice.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 1, 2002
In Praise of Love sifts the rubble of emotions whose fires have long been banked.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 15, 2002
Godard ceased being a voice in the wilderness and became a voice in the wind, howling against demons that refused even to acknowledge his protests.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 24, 2002
Feels like the work of an artist who is simply tired -- of fighting the same fights, of putting the weight of the world on his shoulders, of playing with narrative form.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 25, 2002
Watching this movie is like going to a quantum physics symposium in Chinese, you're sure what they are doing is brilliant - you just don't get it - and don't care.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
August 27, 2003
Ultimately, though, In Praise of Love is about themes, about the anti-Hollywood sentiment that Godard feels so passionately about, and this is where the film begins to crumble.
Full Review | Original Score: 53/100
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Mike D'Angelo
Time Out
September 3, 2002
Impenetrable pseudo-philosophical gibberish.
Full Review | Original Score: 18/100
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
October 15, 2001
A grand fart coming from a director beginning to resemble someone's crazy French grandfather.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Saul Austerlitz
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Gives the impression of a man who has lost his will to make movies, and even to go on living, a sentiment difficult to empathize with without likewise giving up on life.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rachel Gordon
October 15, 2001
It just goes to show, an intelligent person isn't necessarily an admirable storyteller.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Greg Muskewitz
November 5, 2001
It's a big step backwards; the video footage is too saturated, too gritty and greasy and it is but another argument for the opposition to the wannabe revolution of digital video. It's also an argument for someone's retirement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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