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My Life to Live (It's My Life) (Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux) Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
July 12, 2015
At once severe and incandescent, rigorously distanced yet close enough to touch the lenses
Dan Jardine
July 12, 2011
To Live Her Life is, to this very early point in his career, Godard's crowning achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 21, 2010
truly exhilarating
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 12, 2010
Godard's ode to a hooker remains a bleak, sexy and heartbreaking work of art
Full Review | Original Score: A
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 31, 2010
A fine example of Godard's experimental affronts to cinematic conventions, his exploration of the human condition, and his concern for social issues. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
May 6, 2010
contains the best of Godard, both the intellectual and the emotional
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
May 1, 2010
If we were to reduce all of world cinema to just a dozen images, Karina's perfect, pensive face would have to be among them.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Sean Axmaker
April 18, 2010
On the one hand it's a provocative portrait of social and sexual politics... on the other a moralistic tale of a shallow, emotionally reckless young woman...
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 13, 2008
Godard frames and edits his shots, moves the camera, uses music, and deploys his actors in ways that still seem radical -- even as several generations of directors since have cribbed and stolen from him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
August 11, 2008
Godard mixes titles, unusual use of sound, and long scenes of dialog. He is brilliantly served by his wife, Anna Karina, in this film. Karina gives the girl a ring of truth and depth.
Tom Dawson
Total Film
August 11, 2008
Jean Luc-Godard's third feature fuses trademark stylistic playfulness with a stark portrait of the dehumanising nature of capitalist society.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
May 27, 2008
Star Anna Karina was in the brutal early rounds of marriage to her director, who was never more doting and egghead-condescending than in this showpiece.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
October 24, 2007
This 1962 film isn't the most stimulating of Godard's early work, but it does show him beginning to pull away from traditional cutting patterns and sequence arrangement.
Ryan Gilbey
Observer (UK)
October 24, 2007
You can see now what Bernard Rose, Mike Figgis, Lars von Trier and all the other DV-fixated filmmakers are striving for; they're trying to reclaim the freedom, the weightlessness, of cinema. Bravo to them.
Fran Hortop
October 24, 2007
Invigorating, revolutionary, joyfully iconoclastic and spontaneous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Milne
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Twelve Brechtian tableaux chronicle the life and death of a whore, starting out as a documentary on prostitution, ending as a Monogram B movie.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 23, 2005
Highly innovative.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Mr. Godard is a bold experimenter, but it's time he picked himself a stronger theme.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Null
April 20, 2003
Only in Paris.
| Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
August 3, 2002
There's a passion there that's hard to define except in terms of superb, totally fluid and, for the time, completely original and audacious film-making.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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