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Laurence Anyways Reviews

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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
October 10, 2013
"Laurence Anyways" is a formidable display of French Canadian director Xavier Dolan's prodigious talents, but also a case study of a young talent still finding his way to greatness.He'll get there one day, soon, but this film doesn't quite do it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
September 12, 2013
Lushly romantic and daringly original.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 18, 2013
It's all too much, really, including its 21/2-hour-plus running time. But it's also engrossing, an ultimately tender story of a transsexual's transformation over 10 years and its effect on him and the people around him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Los Angeles Times
July 3, 2013
At nearly three hours, it's by turns an extraordinary and exhausting work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
July 1, 2013
Poupaud's quiet moments convey a lofty, poignant introspection, and Clément erupts with grand, if scattershot, furies.
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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
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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.
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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
Variety
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
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 21, 2012
A well-acted drama about two anguished lovers struggling with their own flaws and an unjust society.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Karina Longworth
L.A. Weekly
May 21, 2012
If anything, it's a bold manifesto aimed at critics like me who have slagged the filmmaker off as all style and no substance.
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
May 20, 2012
It's just too damn much, frankly.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Dalton
Hollywood Reporter
May 19, 2012
A sumptuously orchestrated love story about a transsexual man's decade-long struggle to maintain a passionate romance with his female soulmate in the face of creeping hostility from friends, family and society.