The Lover (L'amant) Reviews

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.
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
February 29, 2004
September 6, 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.
January 1, 2000
The worst part of the dialog is given to the writer. She has to say one pedantic line after another, and overall, the narrator's part is just too wordy.
October 30, 1992