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La Vie en Rose (La Mome) Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 6, 2007
La Vie is a movie so frantic to get to it all that nothing is more than touched on.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 7, 2007
La Vie En Rose trudges dutifully from one costumed 'defining' event to the next, building to a kind of Piaf theme park that plays out like a bad parody of Dickens or Balzac.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 14, 2007
Wildly uneven. Fully half of writer-director Olivier Dahan's drama sticks to the surface, and even then, many of the factually accurate bits come off as Hollywood lies.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
No regrets for Cottilard's dedication, but plenty for the clichéd pap of the biopic genre
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 6, 2007
This is a surreal and exhausting experience.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 14, 2007
La Vie en Rose is lucky to have Cotillard to hold things together, because it is constantly threatening to implode.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 30, 2007
Marion Cotillard is the only reason to sit through La Vie En Rose, a biopic that compounds its basic tediousness by fracturing its narrative in a vain effort to mask a stale rise-and-fall arc.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Betsy Bozdech
Hollywood.com
June 16, 2007
Vivid and emotional--but also disjointed and melodramatic--Olivier Dahan's Edith Piaf biopic ... is all about Marion Cotillard's passionate performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
June 27, 2007
La Vie en Rose provides a tantalizing introduction to the tiny dynamo that was Edith Piaf but it's far from being a definitive or enlightening portrait of the famous singer.
| Original Score: 5/10
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
June 25, 2007
We're given drama and despair at a distance . . . As Piaf, though, Marion Cotillard is remarkable. . . . but Dahan's work never bridges the bitter and sweet chords.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 6, 2007
Marion Cotillard tears up all the available scenery in this overblown, achronological biopic of French pop singer Edith Piaf.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 7, 2007
Ms. Cotillard [is] the movie's centerpiece, and its end-all, be-all. It's a spectacular one-woman show, but not really a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
June 22, 2007
The details of the composition, the fluidity of the camera's movement and the magical elision between personal grief and "performed" grief are so confidently organised that one detects the shadow of a much subtler film. I wish that we could have seen it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 8, 2007
La Vie En Rose operates in a mode of excellence that ultimately becomes more concerned with exploring itself than the subject at hand.
Jon Frosch
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
September 12, 2010
Even if you're like me and find most musical biopics depressingly formulaic, you might think Oliver Dahan's Edith Piaf movie is a slight cut above.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 22, 2007
Yes, she sings 'Je ne regrette rien', and, yes, we cry. Yet the tears are for the song and the memory of a remarkable artist. They're very little to do with this strenuously crafted yet ultimately bungled 140 minutes of celluloid.
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
June 7, 2007
But at 140 minutes, the biopic is luxuriously long and commits one sin that would have been an anathema to a cabaret artist like Piaf - the lack of variety.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 9, 2007
Tighter editing and a more conventional bit of story structure would have made it better.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 28, 2007
Cotillard's lip-synching of her character singing didn't do it for me.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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