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La Belle Noiseuse Reviews

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Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B

TV Guide
November 12, 2007
Like all great works of art, the film has a purity of line and structure as it plays out its theme.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 12, 2007
Rivette's superb sense of rhythm and mise en scene never falters, and the plot has plenty of twists.
Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine
November 6, 2006
Jacques Rivette's much praised Cannes Grand Prize winner vacillates between genuine insight and didactic mystique-of-the-artist bull****.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
As impeccably shot as its subject deserves, the film is more accessible than most of Rivette's work, with characteristically playful passing nods to the relationship between life and performance.
Cole Smithey
November 1, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
June 30, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 27, 2004
I won't explain what happens with the masterpiece; even at four hours, the film cooks up a certain amount of suspense and surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Null
September 19, 2004
In this molasses-slow four-hour drama, Jacques Rivette proves that he's got an understanding of fine art, but a minimal one of the art of movies.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Hypnotically beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
July 15, 2004
One of the best movies about painting.
| Original Score: B+
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
December 17, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5

September 16, 2003
The characters are unsympathetic, the circumstances are hard to relate to, the dialogue is laboured and the running time brutal. But there is also a surfeit of intelligence and beauty (in technical filmmaking terms) in Rivette's difficult film.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 19, 2003
A four-hour French masterpiece about the creative process of an artist
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeremy Heilman
June 27, 2002
By methodically examining the rigors and contemplation that go into creating great art, French New Wave master Jacques Rivette, has created something of a masterpiece himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Some movies are worlds that we can sink into, and La Belle Noiseuse is one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The underlying ideas may be a little droopy, but they're staged in such exacting, private terms that they are redeemed.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
What's good about the film is the sense of real evolution, of believable character change, instead of the Speedy Gonzalez transformations movie characters usually experience. What's also good is a realistic feel for the act of creation.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Rivette is a quality director who has the skills and knowledge to tell such a non-action story and never allow the story to be anything but an honest intellectual effort.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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