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L'écume des jours (Mood Indigo) Reviews

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Deborah Ross
The Spectator
July 31, 2014
It's a feast for the eyes. It's an all-you-can-eat buffet for the eyes. But it will not feed you otherwise. Also, there is every chance it will bring you to your knees.
Jeff Baker
August 1, 2014
Watching Michel Gondry's new movie "Mood Indigo" is like being force-fed mounds of parfait by a gang of ice-skating mice.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jessica Kiang
The Playlist
July 9, 2013
...the French filmmaker's gonzo homemade aesthetic is off the leash entirely, and he shows no mercy in how much gimcrackery he thinks we can handle. In our case anyway, we're afraid he overestimated.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Stefan Pape
July 31, 2014
A brief moment of enchantment, where a chord is struck just perfectly, and the tone just right. However sadly such moments come too few and far between.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Sawin
August 8, 2014
A never-ending truckload of clever ideas are slapped together confusingly and yet Mood Indigo is still able to unravel the drooping strings of your knitted wool innards in familiar yet welcome fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
July 17, 2014
Maybe these conceits worked in print, but on film it's seven layers of sugar-frosted whimsy that would choke Wes Anderson.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eddie Harrison
The List
February 24, 2014
There's a delicate romance buried within, but Gondry's endless stop motion tomfoolery and visual jokes prove overwhelming in all the wrong ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 19, 2013
Much like Gondry's infuriating The Science Of Sleep, this has impressive animation sequences and expensive quirks but eventually proves too much to bear, leaving you feeling that your mind's turning to paté de foie gras.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
July 17, 2014
Mood Indigo plays like some extreme behavioral experiment, an attempt to determine just how much whimsy, exactly, an audience can endure.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
July 17, 2014
After a while, all that frivolity starts to collapse under its own weight like a fallen soufflé.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
July 13, 2014
Michel Gondry bungles his adaptation of the Boris Vian novel by indulging in homespun craftwork at the expense of plot and character detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
July 16, 2014
Inventively twee, but charmless and heartless
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ed Gibbs
The Sunday Age
September 8, 2013
A surrealist pastiche that's too clever (or enthusiastic) for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 17, 2014
There's so much of so many flavors of cleverness-a surfeit of surfeits-that sensory overload causes aesthetic suffocation.
Kirk Honeycutt
July 11, 2014
The screen is dazzling alive but the visual gimmickry puts you at an emotional remove from the tale being told.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
Tim Grierson
Paste Magazine
July 17, 2014
Imaginative to a fault, whimsical until you say uncle, "Mood Indigo" pushes director Michel Gondry's style of surreal playfulness to its breaking point.
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
July 31, 2014
It's a dense thatch of superficial brilliance with nothing to hold it up, like Gondry has tried to build a house that's all roof.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anton Bitel
Sight and Sound
May 26, 2014
There are conceits aplenty, but not enough underlying substance or believable characters to render all the wild whimsy attractive or even endurable.
Nick Schager
Film Journal International
July 15, 2014
An excessively whimsical romance that's undone by cartoonish performances and direction by Michel Gondry that practically bludgeons viewers via cutesy formal trickery.
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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
April 23, 2013
Michel Gondry's surreal Gallic dramedy is less a visual feast than an all-you-can-eat buffet, and one that's rather hard to consume.
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