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Laurence Anyways Reviews

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
June 28, 2013
At nearly three hours, it's entirely too long, needlessly padded out with an intrusive interview-framing device.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
June 28, 2013
[Mr. Dolan] perfectly evokes the violating effect of a stranger's scrutiny and the imponderable depths of a lover's gaze.
| Original Score: 5/5
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
June 27, 2013
Laurence Anyways contains a voice so pronounced, and so specific, that Dolan is going to be one to watch for years to come.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
June 27, 2013
For all of its transgender drama, "Laurence Anyways" remains a love story, pure but not so simple.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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June 27, 2013
Without belittling the challenges and prejudices Laurence faces, Dolan places her story into larger contexts, posing questions about conformity, heartbreak, love and self-fulfillment.
Tomris Laffly
Film Journal International
June 27, 2013
Xavier Dolan's refreshing and extraordinary achievement here is fiercely telling a grand tale with the most universal of themes (love), and carefully exempting it from victimization while not avoiding the social issues that surround it.
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
June 27, 2013
A nearly three-hour epic, a melodrama writ large, and blessed with a young man's ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 25, 2013
Forgive this film its marvelous moodiness-someone needs to go there once in a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Calum Marsh
Village Voice
June 25, 2013
Both deeply refreshing and important.
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Rob Nelson
June 24, 2013
Fully immodest and intermittently astonishing.
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Olivia Collette
Chicago Sun-Times
June 21, 2013
[It] zeroes in on the impact of transgender on a relationship, and tries to understand what makes two people stay together or fall apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
June 20, 2013
It takes cojones for a filmmaker to chase Fassbinder's ghost, but it takes heart and talent to damn near catch up with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brandon Judell
June 13, 2013
There are frequent moments of genius where you are rendered blissfully immobile by the onscreen carryings-on; uncountable witticisms you wish you yourself had dashed off; and unbridled passions that hit the heavens and then bounce back harrowingly.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Grant Butler
February 14, 2013
The performances by Melvil Poupaud and Suzanne Clément as the struggling lovers are unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Emanuel Levy
January 31, 2013
Dealing with transgender and amour fou, the third feature from Canada's enfant terrible Xavier Dolan is ambitious but way ovrlong and self-indulgent.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Tara Brady
Irish Times
December 7, 2012
This big, dreamy, audacious picture has larger questions about relationships and identity. Can anyone be true to his or her inner self in the context of romantic love?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sloan Freer
Radio Times
November 30, 2012
Poupaud and especially Clément's unaffected performances anchor the overlong film ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 30, 2012
A ridiculously overlong and self-consciously 'arty' mishmash of baroque cartoonishness and moments that, to all outward appearances, are determined to be parodies of pretentious filmmaking.
Rich Cline
November 30, 2012
After I Killed My Mother and Heartbeats, 23-year-old filmmaker Dolan gets even more ambitious with this epic-length romantic drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jamie Neish
November 30, 2012
Director Xavier Dolan is fast cementing himself as a writer-director willing to take risks. It might well result in a film that boasts many imperfections, but it's commendable nevertheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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