The Lover (L'amant) Reviews

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
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.
February 9, 2006
Sombre quality dignifies an otherwise shoddily directed movie.
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.
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.
October 30, 1992