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L'écume des jours (Mood Indigo) Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
August 21, 2014
Gondry has such an incomparable understanding of the way in which strange and unexpected sights can tickle you. What he sometimes lacks as a filmmaker is the awareness that he can tickle an audience to death.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
August 14, 2014
Mood Indigo paints a depressing picture about romance but does so with fabulous, although often-exhausting, style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 8, 2014
"Mood Indigo" feels both overdone and undercooked - a hectic but sketchy tale of oddball romance that slides inexorably into tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 8, 2014
It's hard not to take delight in Michel Gondry and his whooshing, bendable universe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 31, 2014
A mad mix of what Tex Avery, Rube Goldberg and the silent-film fantasist Georges Melies might have come up with if they'd put their feverish heads together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 31, 2014
Just the first 10 minutes of Michel Gondry's latest pillowcase of whimsy, "Mood Indigo," has more invention than most of the movies you'll see this year.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 31, 2014
A droll, demented and slightly depressive tale of doomed love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 31, 2014
This is a fatalistic fable about aging and loss disguised in ultra-zany wrapping paper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 31, 2014
The inspiration I kept coming back to, with all the stop-motion absurdity and gleeful surreal trappings, is Pee Wee Herman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
July 24, 2014
The visual pop simply becomes annoying as it truly gets in the way of the storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 24, 2014
French filmmaker Michel Gondry has demonstrated time and again that, despite his prodigious visual imagination, he can't tell a decent story.
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 18, 2014
An elaborate, endless clown-car of whirligig contraptions and unreal images, with little bursts of romantic melancholy peeking out here and there.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 18, 2014
If it works on you it does so as an exquisitely managed mood piece and an unforgettable visual experience, one that uses fantasy and artifice as a pathway to emotional truth.
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Matt Zoller Seitz
RogerEbert.com
July 18, 2014
Gondry has made a live action cartoon with a rather patchy plot and flat characters, most of whom (but Tatou and Duris especially) are way too old to be playing characters who might seem immature even if they were played by teenagers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 17, 2014
Though the relentlessness of the on-screen antics threatens to wear you out, the film is over before that can quite happen.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 17, 2014
A wearying experience that resembles being locked in a very small room with an exceptionally bright, pathologically self-absorbed child who will not shut up or calm down.
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July 17, 2014
Mood Indigo thrives on clutter and near-total loss of control.
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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.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 17, 2014
Thank goodness for director Michel Gondry ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"), whose vision is so brazenly, enduringly unique.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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+
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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
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Alison Willmore
BuzzFeed News
July 17, 2014
It's a sad tale underneath the trimmings, but the way it's told is half bewitching and half maddening, so enraptured with its cleverness and artistry that it's sometimes unintelligible.
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Amy Nicholson
L.A. Weekly
July 16, 2014
Mood Indigo is bitter candy, a heartbreaker that uses sugar as a trap.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
July 15, 2014
For the most part, Gondry's overwrought visions repel real feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
July 14, 2014
Makes Wes Anderson's movies look like grim cinema verité in comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
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Todd Gilchrist
TheWrap
October 3, 2013
"Mood Indigo" perfectly balances Gondry's ornamental creativity and the verité storytelling of his more recent work, combining refined style and raw emotion into one devastating, beautiful package.
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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
April 23, 2013
Sy, Maiga and the others play second fiddle not only to the leads but especially to the visual effects, which are indeed impressive, even if quite a few are reminiscent of Gondry's previous films or musicvids.
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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.