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Abdellatif Kechiche remains an astute chronicler of blossoming sexuality, but Mektoub is too languidly paced and shallow in character to justify this summer of love's indulgent runtime. Read critic reviews

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Critic Reviews for Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (9)

  • Like the characters, Mektoub, My Love is itself apparently aimless, often irritating, prone to treading water -- indeed, it could be accused of being one long longueur. But I found plenty to admire in it.

    February 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Above all, Mektoub is a terrific study of the fine art of flirting: of girls and girls, and girls and boys (but never, it seems, boys and boys) and the shifts in power that occur between them as they drink, dance, smile and shrug.

    February 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Kechiche's camera consistently ogles his female cast but he remains a terrific director of actors, the intimacy and authenticity conveying a real lust for life to sweeten the hefty running time.

    February 16, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Kechiche is quite brilliant at using stretches of time to create space for actors to let their characters breathe.

    February 16, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's leery and defiant. But also creepy and dull.

    February 15, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • A film in which every dull scene stretches on for five times longer than it needs to. Painful.

    February 14, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Like the characters, Mektoub, My Love is itself apparently aimless, often irritating, prone to treading water -- indeed, it could be accused of being one long longueur. But I found plenty to admire in it.

    February 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Above all, Mektoub is a terrific study of the fine art of flirting: of girls and girls, and girls and boys (but never, it seems, boys and boys) and the shifts in power that occur between them as they drink, dance, smile and shrug.

    February 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Kechiche's camera consistently ogles his female cast but he remains a terrific director of actors, the intimacy and authenticity conveying a real lust for life to sweeten the hefty running time.

    February 16, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Kechiche is quite brilliant at using stretches of time to create space for actors to let their characters breathe.

    February 16, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Few filmmakers capture desire on screen as well as Kechiche. [Full review in French]

    March 2, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Kechiche's experiential aesthetic and forensic gaze over the faces, bodies and inner yearnings of his characters is even more tangible here than in Blue is the Warmest Colour.

    December 30, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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