The Lover (L'amant) Reviews

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May 25, 2018
The most fascinating character in JeanJacques Annaud's film of the novel by Marguerite Duras is Vietnam, long before the terrible and futile war.
February 8, 2018
The Lover's rarefied sensibility takes getting used to; once its spell is cast, you won't want to blink.
February 1, 2018
A soft-core porno hash with pretensions to high art.
February 1, 2018
Undercut by an air of self-congratulatory pomposity that the film is way too insubstantial to support.
July 6, 2010
The abundant sex - soft-core and tasteful - and the splendid sets make up for the film's banal style.
January 24, 2007
Too bad that the film is marred by the vices of international productions, as it deals with issues seldom shown in American movies, such as the power of sexuality.
February 9, 2006
Sombre quality dignifies an otherwise shoddily directed movie.
September 21, 2005
December 28, 2004
September 7, 2004
It's tough, clear-eyed, utterly unsentimental, produced lavishly but with such discipline that the exotic locale never gets in the way of the minutely detailed drama at the center.
September 7, 2004
February 29, 2004
November 15, 2003
March 14, 2003
Stylish if somewhat tedious study of a young Vietnamese woman who falls under the spell of an older dandy.
September 6, 2002
July 31, 2002
January 1, 2000
The only moderately interesting scene here is a traditional Chinese wedding toward the end, which, of course, is cut short.
January 1, 2000
Annaud and his collaborators have got all of the physical details just right, but there is a failure of the imagination here; we do not sense the presence of real people behind the attractive facades of the two main actors.
January 1, 2000
Never mind that in portraying passion, the two seem to be demonstrating the proper use of the Salad Shooter.
January 1, 2000
Scratch away the steamy, evocative surface, remove Jeanne Moreau's veteran-voiced narration, and you have only art-film banalities.
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