In Praise Of Love (Éloge de l'amour) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

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

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 20, 2003
Godard has created such a hermetic, uncompromising world that only the hardiest cinematic spelunkers are likely to appreciate its depths.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 20, 2003
It's the intellectual ride of your life, as far as moviegoing goes.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 14, 2003
A haunting, intense work, intellectually exploratory yet too emotionally acute in its melancholy to be considered merely academic.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
May 28, 2003
The movie's ripe, enrapturing beauty will tempt those willing to probe its inscrutable mysteries.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
December 6, 2002
The best indication of the film's pretentiousness comes from recurrent images of a book with blank pages, as if to point out that Godard has nothing to say, but so what? Let's throw in a few images and people will come anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 15, 2002
The trick when watching Godard is to catch the pitch of his poetics, savor the pleasure of his sounds and images, and ponder the historical, philosophical, and ethical issues that intersect with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
October 26, 2002
Memorable images and dialogue worm their way into your psyche and won't let go.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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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-
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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
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 17, 2002
This is a visually stunning rumination on love, memory, history and the war between art and commerce.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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Misha Berson
Seattle Times
October 11, 2002
In Praise of Love can bore you to tears at times -- yet leave you in awe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
October 8, 2002
In terms of contribution to cinematic art, [Godard's] new film adds very little to what he has already given us.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 2, 2002
For all its bile and incoherence, In Praise of Love is filled with haunting images and insights. Godard may be a lion in winter, but the lion still roars.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
September 27, 2002
Shows that Godard is alive and well -- a filmmaker who continues to probe issues and stories that deserve our attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
September 26, 2002
At once dreamy and acrid, startlingly beautiful and numbingly polemical.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
Godard uses his characters -- if that's not too glorified a term -- as art things, mouthpieces, visual motifs, blanks.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 19, 2002
Like the best of Godard's movies ... it is visually ravishing, penetrating, impenetrable.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 9, 2002
A welcome return to a more accessible Godard.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
September 6, 2002
The work of an exhausted, desiccated talent who can't get out of his own way.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
September 6, 2002
In my own very humble opinion, In Praise of Love lacks even the most fragmented charms I have found in almost all of his previous works.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 5, 2002
In Praise of Love leaves a taste as bitter as poison ash.
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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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
September 5, 2002
Godard has always made films that are as thrilling for their ideas and ideals as for the sheer beauty of their images; the difference here is that for the first time in years he's more interested in turning us on than in turning us off.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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John Powers
L.A. Weekly
September 5, 2002
Godard has never made a more sheerly beautiful film than this unexpectedly moving meditation on love, history, memory, resistance and artistic transcendence.
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Mike D'Angelo
Time Out
September 3, 2002
Impenetrable pseudo-philosophical gibberish.
Full Review | Original Score: 18/100
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
September 3, 2002
There's a narrative -- and an argument -- here, but what's moving first, and also finally, is the movie's mournful celebration of its sensuous being.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
January 18, 2002
Heartbreaking, elegiac, contentious and mordantly funny.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
October 16, 2001
What might have been readily dismissed as the tiresome rant of an aging filmmaker still thumbing his nose at convention takes a surprising, subtle turn at the midway point.