Matthias and Maxime Reviews

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January 17, 2020
Yet despite its simple plot remains an idiosyncratic energy Dolan is intent on keeping, and for most of its two hours, that's enough to get by.
January 16, 2020
Xavier Dolan's latest is a step-up from his previous two films but still doesn't capture the emotional or narrative heights of his 2014 film Mommy.
October 31, 2019
Mr. Dolan, who also wrote and directed, is interested in what shapes a person's identity - or what a person allows to shape their identity.
October 22, 2019
The film is vivid and edgy, packed with beautifully played moments and some real emotion. But it ends just when it begins to get properly powerful.
October 18, 2019
Life-long companions, they are magnets repeatedly being drawn back together; no matter how hard they try to fight it, it is almost impossible to resist.
October 10, 2019
M& shot on film to rather grey effect, with clunky, handheld camera moves further dulling down a story that never gives us enough rooting interest in its protagonists to actually care about the ampersand between their names.
October 10, 2019
Men who struggle to be vulnerable is a big theme in cinema lately (Ad Astra being a major example), but Matthias & Maxime goes deeper than most - even if it fumbles, albeit fittingly, toward its conclusion.
October 10, 2019
Unfortunately, the new film Matthias & Maxime arrives lacking much of the emotional urgency of the Dolan who once captured the international art-house crowd, feeling provincial in more ways than one.
October 10, 2019
Xavier Dolan's Matthias & Maxime is easily his sexiest film yet, and also one of his strongest.
October 7, 2019
The film is one of longing, nostalgia, and hope for the future, and a future of which looks bright for Dolan's directorial career.
September 30, 2019
After the flop of The Death & Life of John F. Donovan, Xavier Dolan spectacularly bounces back with Matthias et Maxime, one of the best films of his career. [Full review in French]
August 2, 2019
Xavier Dolan shows a new restraint and romantic tenderness... He breathes fragrant life into a familiar story of unspoken longing.
June 13, 2019
Nothing new, not even the "impossible love" plot, although this time it focuses on the doubts of friends that could have been something else. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 3, 2019
Mathias et Maxine is a movie that we probably should not be watching. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 1, 2019
As much as Matthias and Maxime heralds a return to old themes and familiar turfs, a return to form it is not.
May 31, 2019
A breath of fresh air compared to Dolan's recent, weaker efforts. We're back on familiar terrain, firmly within the director's comfort zone, and it's great to see him return to form, if not fully back to the peak of his powers.
May 29, 2019
There is nothing new that can surprise us and perhaps this is the film's main problem. [Full review in Spanish]
May 29, 2019
The staging almost never goes far beyond the rather capricious illustration of the script and the intermittent repetition of sequences with music. [Full review in Spanish]
May 28, 2019
The cannonball naivety and gutsy showmanship is the director's greatest strength, but in Matthias & Maxime we see him ignore that in favour of a pseudo-nuanced liaison marred by mawkishness.
May 28, 2019
This is not only a film about oppressed love, but also an ode to friendship. [Full review in Spanish]
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