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I've Loved You So Long Reviews

November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 16, 2009
In a few moments the British actress, playing a haunted woman named Juliette, will begin speaking French, but in these moments her face reveals more than any dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 9, 2009
In a profession that routinely casts aside leading ladies when they hit 40, it's a shame a great one had to take her act to France to remind us that actors, like wines, only improve with age.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 8, 2008
This is a thriller, though, in the sense that it is a thrill to watch Scott-Thomas give one of the finest performances of the year.
November 25, 2008
Despite its flaws, the movie pulls you in with its squarely realistic setting and subdued performances. Best of all is Thomas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 21, 2008
[The] final twist undoes the film to some degree, [but] it cannot undo Scott Thomas's performance, one of the marvels of this, or any, cinematic year.
November 21, 2008
Utterly absorbing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2008
Thomas gives it her all, uncorking every ounce of emotion she'd held in check, with Herculean restraint, over the better part of two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2008
[An] exquisitely rendered story of reconciliation and redemption, which has something of a thriller's structure but is really all about relationships.
November 20, 2008
I've Loved You So Long is about the repercussions of tragedy, the difficulty of being supportive, the need for patience in the face of despair. Without saying much, Scott Thomas carries the entire enterprise on her slender shoulders.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 14, 2008
Kristin Scott Thomas gives a performance that is so chilling, so braced in pain that it's almost impossible to bear. Almost impossible, because, in fact, it's impossible not to behold this riveting piece of role immersion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 7, 2008
Without Kristin Scott Thomas, I've Loved You So Long would be a watchable but hardly a memorable movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 7, 2008
An uneven new French film that plays like a companion piece to the recent British drama Boy A.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 7, 2008
Like a good book, I've Loved You So Long unfolds in chapters. And when it ends, you close the cover with emotion and reluctance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 3, 2008
You may need to see I've Loved You So Long twice in order to see it once.
October 31, 2008
Kristin Scott Thomas' performance in I've Loved You So Long is one of a small handful of highlights by which people will remember this year in movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 31, 2008
Philippe Claudel is a successful French novelist, so it's odd that his filmmaking debut suffers more from narrative than cinematic flaws.
October 31, 2008
Thomas packs infinite amounts of nuance and agony into such moments, and after a while she outraces the movie itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 31, 2008
[Kristin Scott Thomas] keeps a tight rein on her melodramatic instincts throughout. Then, at precisely the right moment, the character's delayed release becomes the audience's gratification.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 30, 2008
This is one of Kristin Scott Thomas' most inspired performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 29, 2008
The story is a luxurious mess of woes. But dramatic resolution is almost beside the point when Scott Thomas and the precise, birdlike Zylberstein engage in such attractive flights of performance in service to sisterly love.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 28, 2008
It would be easy to overrate I've Loved You So Long, which often dampens its best effects with undue tastefulness, but the image of Scott Thomas, with her despairing resilience, stays with one.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 27, 2008
The film is a tease, with a cheat of a final disclosure, but Philippe Claudel's direction is both probing and delicate, and Scott Thomas's face, even immobile, keeps you watching, searching for hints of her character's past.
October 24, 2008
Scott Thomas breathes more emotion into Juliette's affectless, haunted demeanor than most actors do with pages of dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 24, 2008
Philippe Claudel gives his heroine unusual depth, which Kristin Scott Thomas reveals with unusual passion, and he fills the world around her with characters who bespeak a novelist's fertile imagination.
October 24, 2008
Writer/director Philippe Claudel knows just how to structure a character study of this sort, so that key elements and important secrets are revealed over time, piquing our interest.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 24, 2008
You'd have to be made of stone not to weep at the confession that caps I've Loved You So Long.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 24, 2008
I've Loved You So Long is the kind of film America's moviemakers have all but given up on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 24, 2008
Want a master class in film acting? Check out Kristin Scott Thomas as Juliette, a doctor just out of prison in this spellbinder from writer-director Philippe Claudel.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 24, 2008
In the drama I've Loved You So Long, Kristin Scott Thomas's furious honesty rules out easy, unearned redemption.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 24, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 23, 2008
The film deftly sketches a sibling relationship complicated by obligation, guilt, mistrust, and, not least, an abiding love.
Read More | Original Score: B+
October 23, 2008
Solicitously shepherding us into the shallows of the therapeutic women's novel, Claudel tamps down his magnificently intransigent Hedda Gabler, and makes her gently weep just when she should be baying at the moon.
October 22, 2008
Mr. Claudel has made a grown-up film for our troubled time, and created a beautiful rapport between two gifted actresses.
October 22, 2008
This is an amazing film for a directorial debut, but Mr. Claudel eschews sentimentality with what practically amounts to quiet heroism.
October 21, 2008
I've Loved You So Long is the kind of film that will bore to tears those who do not enjoy simple, unforced character dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 20, 2008
Thomas plays Juliette as if she's trapped within her own body too, gradually learning to navigate her old world. Her performance gives life to a taut narrative.
October 18, 2008
Scott Thomas is aces in the lead role, with flashes of mordant wit that prevent it from becoming a dreary study in self-pity.
October 18, 2008
A scintillating drama about pain and healing made with intelligence and compassion.
September 26, 2008
Claudel understands that his drama lies in letting two superb actresses build their characters, forge their relationship and examine their grief.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6