Laurence Anyways Reviews

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August 23, 2018
A beautiful gateau of a film.
November 29, 2017
Dolan's latest feature, the French language Laurence Anyways, proves this is a filmmaker able to breathe cinematic invention and beauty into every frame.
February 13, 2016
A stylish and immodest transgender melodrama.
July 16, 2014
Too much music. Too much colour. Too much movie. But a good movie.
June 27, 2014
Suzanne Clement gives one of those legendary, no-holds-barred performances that announces the arrival of a sensational new screen presence.
June 2, 2014
...a symphony of sound and image, an epic account of a dynamic and complicated relationship, and one of the most powerful and affecting love stories I've seen on film in quite some time.
April 7, 2014
Drenching melodrama, reckless, ravishing. Dolan's style, to some, may seem overheated, flamboyant, baroque, immature, indulgent, extravagant, but it is what it is and what it is, at his keenest moments, is fabulous.
November 25, 2013
It's bold, brash, and frequently successful, but also repetitive and ultimately arduous. There simply isn't enough story here to justify the inflated running time and, for many, Laurence Anyways will wear out its welcome.
October 30, 2013
It's far longer than it needs to be. But it's still an absorbing chronicle of a romance in which one partner happens to be transsexual.
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.
September 12, 2013
Lushly romantic and daringly original.
July 22, 2013
Rarely have such issues been explored on screen with such intimacy and complexity, even if some of the quirky details in Dolan's epic feels more unfocused than profound.
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.
July 11, 2013
Laurence Anyways has the feel of a personal project that got away from Dolan, full of raw, rough-edged drama in desperate need of discipline and refinement.
July 6, 2013
One can't help but feel that Dolan & Co. go into a bit too much detail re: the changes faced by Laurence...Nonetheless, there has not been as exhaustive (exhausting?) a look into the Trans(gender) experience before.
July 3, 2013
At nearly three hours, it's by turns an extraordinary and exhausting work.
July 1, 2013
Poupaud's quiet moments convey a lofty, poignant introspection, and Clment erupts with grand, if scattershot, furies.
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.
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.
June 28, 2013
This frequently brilliant epic does more than make us understand the challenges faced by trans people and those who love them - it makes us feel those challenges ourselves.
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