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La Vie en Rose (La Mome) Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 4, 2008
This isn't the first time Piaf's life has been brought to the screen and it probably won't be the last, but Cotillard makes this particular version stand apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 6, 2007
This is a surreal and exhausting experience.
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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.
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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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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 27, 2007
This kind of heightened drama might not work in most movies, but it suits its larger-than-life subject: Dahan's La Vie is the movie equivalent of a torch song.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 22, 2007
Compelling but punishing -- an artful ordeal. The best way to process it may be as unintended camp, rolling your eyes in amazement at its litany of misery and heaps of histrionics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
June 21, 2007
Don't bother voting. Just give the Oscar to Marion Cotillard now. As the chanteuse Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, her acting is the most astonishing I've seen in years.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
June 20, 2007
For all its florid pretensions and epic length, the film's overwrought take on its subject's not-so-rosy life leaves behind no lasting insight.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 20, 2007
Untidy and self-conscious, the movie nevertheless pulls together a vivid portrait of Edith Piaf.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 15, 2007
... Marion Cotillard, lip-syncing Piaf's songs and digging into her soul with gale-force urgency, gives a performance for the ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 15, 2007
Americans are unlikely to 'get her' any more, after watching this movie ...
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
June 15, 2007
This 140-minute biopic feels more like an ordeal than a celebration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 15, 2007
... La Vie en Rose uses perceptive filmmaking, as opposed to turgid exposition, to explain its subject's psyche and to cleverly capture the spell she cast over audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 15, 2007
It's the acting that elevates the story beyond its biopic trappings.
| Original Score: B-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 15, 2007
... one of the best biopics I've seen ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 14, 2007
Dahan and Cotillard have created an amazing biopic of an extraordinary voice attached to a fragile and fallible woman.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
June 14, 2007
Olivier Dahan's film is both faithful to and freewheeling with the facts of Piaf's life. Much is left out, but the essentials are there.
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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
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
June 13, 2007
[A] simple-minded, cheaply sentimental and unrelievedly lugubrious movie.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 11, 2007
La Vie en Rose has some peculiar ellipses.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 8, 2007
There's a riveting tale within this awkward litany of pivotal moments. Still, despite the film's uneven nature, Cotillard's extraordinary performance is worth experiencing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
June 8, 2007
Somewhere between shooting and post-production the film got chopped into tiny, bit-sized pieces reshuffled to such a degree that it becomes hard to follow the narration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle
June 8, 2007
La Vie en Rose is a life seen through a glass tinted darkly, with Cotillard glittering fiercely before the light goes out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 8, 2007
The film belongs to Cotillard, who throws herself into the part.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 8, 2007
Marion Cotillard delivers a tour de force as legendary singer Édith Piaf.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 8, 2007
It's the role of an actress' lifetime, and Marion Cotillard pretty much knocks it out of the park.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
June 8, 2007
Marion Cotillard is astonishing as the troubled singer in a technically virtuosic and emotionally resonant performance that elevates the material from a somewhat episodic melodrama into something strange and riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
June 8, 2007
A sweepingly melodramatic and, in [director] Dahan's words, 'tragic, romantic blockbuster' of a movie that not only captures the (soap) operatic life of its subject with unflinching honesty but refuses to see her any other way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 8, 2007
It is hard not to admire Ms. Cotillard for the discipline and ferocity she brings to the role. But it is equally hard to be completely swept up in Mr. Dahan's dutiful, functional and ultimately superficial film.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 7, 2007
[Director Dahan's] approach draws more attention to the filmmaking than it does to the life. Dahan seems to believe that chronology is bourgeois: Pure storytelling is all fine and dandy, but he wants us to know he's making art.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 7, 2007
La Vie en Rose honors Piaf's life by refusing to sentimentalize it. The film is long and sometimes harrowing, but also enthralling.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 7, 2007
Equating an artist's life with her art is often a dubious dramatic ploy, but it makes sense in La Vie En Rose because the content of Piaf's life and the power of her singing are all of a piece.
| Original Score: B
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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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Jan Stuart
Newsday
June 7, 2007
Marion Cotillard is a knockout in this scintillating and soulful musical bio.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 6, 2007
Hurtling and impassioned, driven by some of the greatest popular music ever recorded, this wildly overripe and unkempt biopic is a true experience.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 6, 2007
The movie, the voice of Piaf, and a performance that turns Marion Cotillard into a great new star shimmer with the kind of beauty, power, intensity and visual opulence you might want to experience again and again.
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
June 2, 2007
Impressively mounted and involving pic should be greeted with applause.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 31, 2007
Messy, awkward but often impressive.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 30, 2007
All I can say is that the total experience left me in tears, albeit also with a feeling of total emotional exhaustion.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 20, 2007
For Piaf fans, La Vie en Rose is a must-see. For Piaf fans yet-to-be, [writer-directors] Dahan and Cotillard's extraordinary film is an opportunity rich with discovery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4