Maelstrom Reviews

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October 15, 2019
Directed with astonishing flair by Denis Villeneuve, and powered by a charismatic performance from Marie-Josée Croze, this is an art film that is more bracing than most, surfing themes of guilt and despair without getting dragged down by the undertow.
September 4, 2019
Birth and death are connected in 'Maelström', in which Villeneuve does not execute any kind of judgment on Bibiane's alleged lack of morality. [Full Review in Spanish]
December 6, 2005
August 27, 2005
December 27, 2004
August 26, 2003
Antiseptic and distantly intellectual.
December 8, 2002
Not too far below the gloss you can still feel director Denis Villeneuve's beating heart and the fondness he has for his characters.
August 1, 2002
Strange it is, but delightfully so.
June 6, 2002
Most fish stories are a little peculiar, but this is one that should be thrown back in the river.
June 6, 2002
Darkly funny and frequently insightful.
May 28, 2002
An oddity, to be sure, but one that you might wind up remembering with a degree of affection rather than revulsion.
May 10, 2002
An oddly affecting and often darkly funny drama about the randomness of life and the possibility of redemption.
May 10, 2002
An original little film about one young woman's education.
May 9, 2002
The main story ... is compelling enough, but it's difficult to shrug off the annoyance of that chatty fish.
May 8, 2002
'Sophisticated' viewers who refuse to admit that they don't like it will likely call it 'challenging' to their fellow sophisticates.
April 5, 2002
This is a nervy, risky film, and Villeneuve has inspired Croze to give herself over completely to the tormented persona of Bibi.
April 4, 2002
Offers the flash of rock videos fused with solid performances and eerie atmosphere.
March 29, 2002
Maelstrom is strange and compelling, engrossing and different, a moral tale with a twisted sense of humor.
March 22, 2002
Sensual, funny and, in the end, very touching.
March 22, 2002
Observant intelligence constantly vies with pretension -- and sometimes plain wacky implausibility -- throughout Maelstrom.
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