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Leaving (Partir) Reviews

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Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
February 18, 2011
With a terrific central performance from Kristin Scott Thomas, Leaving is a thoroughly gripping emotional drama that plays like a sun-drenched film noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
February 18, 2011
Leaving tells the kind of painful story -- of passion, betrayal, revenge -- we might read about every day in the papers, but it is the cool manner of its telling and an outstanding central performance by Kristin Scott Thomas that sharpen our interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
February 18, 2011
Even for the routinely terrific Kristin Scott Thomas, the infidelity-themed Leaving is a top-drawer thesping workout.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
January 14, 2011
The fact that her children have their lives upended by their mother's yearning for Lopez's low-born, bad-boy loser makes matters both worse and more idiotic than plausible.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 17, 2010
As Suzanne's stair-stepping recklessness leads ever downward, from secret rendezvous to public humiliations to thievery and worse, "Leaving" trades sympathy for surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 3, 2010
This is one of those films that depends entirely on its star, and Thomas mixes sexuality, giddy flirtatiousness, stoic determination and agony in just the right amounts, without ever straining.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 2, 2010
Kristin Scott Thomas is not only one of the best English actresses of her generation, she's one of France's best, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 2, 2010
While "Leaving" is a tragedy, it's also a celebration: of the way a fine actor can tell us a story, barely needing words.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jason Best
Movie Talk
December 2, 2010
Corsini's story veers close to lurid melodrama, but her star's performance is ... nakedly honest ... Suzanne risks everything for love ... Scott Thomas is equally fearless.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
November 26, 2010
Brutal retrato de una pasión arrolladora, y de un deseo de escapar casi tan inevitables como el mismo acto de vivir. Gran trabajo de Kristin Scott Thomas, quien vuelve a encontrar una inmejorable oportunidad de lucimiento en el cine francés.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 22, 2010
Writer-director Catherine Corsini has decisively put the folle back into amour fou. Scott Thomas is not only one of the finest character actors in the English language, but in the French as well.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 18, 2010
Corsini has her surprises. And she has Scott Thomas, and that's really all she needs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 28, 2010
There have been many adultery movies over the years, but Leaving has some aspects that make it different and interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 7, 2010
For a triangular tale with a familiar premise, this compact feature, which was written by the director with Gaëlle Macé, proves to be uncommonly interesting.
Robert Levin
amNewYork
October 1, 2010
The movie's real allure is found in the ways its star flicks her hair, darts her eyes and moves - tenderly, slowly and passionately - across each frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Stephanie Zacharek
Movieline
October 1, 2010
The love scenes between Scott Thomas and López have a believable, animalistic tenderness.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 1, 2010
The plot isn't a new one (remember Lady Chatterley?), but Corsini gives it a few twists and turns that keep matters fresh and suspenseful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
September 30, 2010
Unblinking look at an haute bourgeoise French wife who dumps her workaholic husband to embark full-time on a passionate affair with the couple's Spanish contractor is as believable as it is tragic.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 29, 2010
Kristin Scott Thomas breathes new life into a woman who was invented by Flaubert and copied by Francoise Sagan.
| Original Score: 3/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
September 29, 2010
As obsessive love stories go, Leaving is a winner: at once achingly passionate and painfully doomed...dramatically adult.
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