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Laurence Anyways Reviews

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Top Critic
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
Guy Lodge
May 21, 2012
It's not his underdeveloped narrative that swells "Laurence Anyways" to such an unwelcome length, but the young director's apparent inability to throw out any one of his exquisite shots. Kill your darlings, Master Dolan, and then hang them on the wall.
Simon Gallagher
Film School Rejects
May 20, 2012
An infuriating mix of shattered expectations and self-important artistic masturbation, with the successful elements cruelly washed away in a torrent of ill-conceived artifice.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Shaun Munro
What Culture
October 11, 2012
Ultimately, viewers will be forced to consider whether the film's sparse narrative rewards are worth the 168-minute investment. For most, I imagine the answer is no.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
October 3, 2013
For every sublime moment the movie has to offer, there's a cinematic dead zone of indulgence that wipes it away, generating a frustrating, occasionally intolerable sit.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 20, 2012
The story just doesn't have the heft that its 161-minute running time implies. It's about an hour longer than the story requires, even for one that spans decades.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
July 4, 2013
It evidences a hoarder's bond to moments of extravagantly photographed feeling -- no matter that it's often the same feelings being communicated, over and over.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
May 20, 2012
It's just too damn much, frankly.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Peter Bradshaw
November 29, 2012
Poupaud and Clement recite and smirk and shout the lines at each other, without ever seeming genuinely to care about the issues or the people.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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
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.
Joe Peeler
Paste Magazine
June 28, 2013
Dolan, now on his third film, is confident. He takes his time. The movie is long enough and covers a great enough time span that the word "epic" will be thrown at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.8/10
Top Critic
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.
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
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
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
November 27, 2012
A grand story that breaks down the love between two people to its purest form as a matter of the heart beyond the physical that's delicately handled
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Calum Marsh
Village Voice
June 25, 2013
Both deeply refreshing and important.
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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+
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine
June 28, 2013
Laurence Anyways, Xavier Dolan's third film, acknowledges the messiness of transgendered life, and the sizeable gaps between tolerance, acceptance, and actually going to bed with someone.
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