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

June 20, 2003
Godard has created such a hermetic, uncompromising world that only the hardiest cinematic spelunkers are likely to appreciate its depths.
June 20, 2003
It's the intellectual ride of your life, as far as moviegoing goes.
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
May 28, 2003
The movie's ripe, enrapturing beauty will tempt those willing to probe its inscrutable mysteries.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
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
November 1, 2002
In Praise of Love sifts the rubble of emotions whose fires have long been banked.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 26, 2002
Memorable images and dialogue worm their way into your psyche and won't let go.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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 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
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
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
October 8, 2002
In terms of contribution to cinematic art, [Godard's] new film adds very little to what he has already given us.
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
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
September 26, 2002
At once dreamy and acrid, startlingly beautiful and numbingly polemical.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 26, 2002
Godard uses his characters -- if that's not too glorified a term -- as art things, mouthpieces, visual motifs, blanks.
September 19, 2002
Like the best of Godard's movies ... it is visually ravishing, penetrating, impenetrable.
September 9, 2002
A welcome return to a more accessible Godard.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 6, 2002
The work of an exhausted, desiccated talent who can't get out of his own way.
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.
September 5, 2002
In Praise of Love leaves a taste as bitter as poison ash.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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
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.
September 3, 2002
Impenetrable pseudo-philosophical gibberish.
Full Review | Original Score: 18/100
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.
January 18, 2002
Heartbreaking, elegiac, contentious and mordantly funny.
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.