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La Vie en Rose (La Mome) Reviews

November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
July 6, 2007
This is a surreal and exhausting experience.
July 6, 2007
Marion Cotillard tears up all the available scenery in this overblown, achronological biopic of French pop singer Edith Piaf.
July 6, 2007
La Vie is a movie so frantic to get to it all that nothing is more than touched on.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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-
June 20, 2007
Untidy and self-conscious, the movie nevertheless pulls together a vivid portrait of Edith Piaf.
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
June 15, 2007
Americans are unlikely to 'get her' any more, after watching this movie ...
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 15, 2007
This 140-minute biopic feels more like an ordeal than a celebration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
June 15, 2007
It's the acting that elevates the story beyond its biopic trappings.
Read More | Original Score: B-
June 15, 2007
... one of the best biopics I've seen ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 14, 2007
Dahan and Cotillard have created an amazing biopic of an extraordinary voice attached to a fragile and fallible woman.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 13, 2007
[A] simple-minded, cheaply sentimental and unrelievedly lugubrious movie.
June 11, 2007
La Vie en Rose has some peculiar ellipses.
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
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
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
June 8, 2007
The film belongs to Cotillard, who throws herself into the part.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 8, 2007
Marion Cotillard delivers a tour de force as legendary singer Édith Piaf.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: B
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.
June 7, 2007
Marion Cotillard is a knockout in this scintillating and soulful musical bio.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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+
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.
June 2, 2007
Impressively mounted and involving pic should be greeted with applause.
May 31, 2007
Messy, awkward but often impressive.
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.
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