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Personal Shopper (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Personal Shopper attempts a tricky series of potentially jarring tonal shifts with varying results, bolstered by a performance from Kristen Stewart that's impossible to ignore.

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Grieving the recent death of her twin brother, she haunts his Paris home, determined to make contact with him.

Cast

Kristen Stewart
as Maureen Cartwright
Hammou Graïa
as Police Officer
Benjamin Biolay
as Victor Hugo
Audrey Bonnet
as Cassandre
Aurelia Petit
as Chanel Press Attache
Olivia Ross
as Attachée de presse maison de couture Londres
Thibault Lacroix
as Attachée de presse maison de couture Paris
Calypso Valois
as Assistante séance photo
Benoit Peverelli
as Photographer
Dan Belhassen
as Cardiologist
Léo Haidar
as Kyra's Lawyer
Mickaël Laplack
as Réceptionniste de l'hôtel
Mickaël Laplack
as Hotel Receptionist
Vianney Duault
as Vendeur Cartier
Célia Ouallouche
as Louboutin Receptionist
Célia Ouallouche
as Réceptionniste Louboutin
Khaled Rawahi
as Oman Driver
Julie Rouart
as Saleswoman
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All Critics (156) | Top Critics (41)

A riveting, impossible-to-shake masterwork that leaves the audience spooked, not by its telling but by its commitment to abstract themes of grief, solitude and coming of age.

March 24, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

"Personal Shopper" is tough to pin down, but it's a strange and stunning ride - haunting without being hokey, with surprises around every turn.

March 24, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Detroit News
Top Critic

The production is in equal parts mesmerizing and perplexing, intriguing and frustrating.

March 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
ReelViews
Top Critic

As much a study of solitude, intimacy and otherworldly longings as it is a contemporary ghost story, the film is both genuinely scary and psychologically serious.

March 23, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Assayas is among France's most respected filmmakers, but just what he was attempting to do with this film is something of a mystery.

March 23, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

"Personal Shopper" draws you in, interesting from all angles.

March 23, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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ANTI-BELLA - My Review of PERSONAL SHOPPER (3 Stars) When the history books have been written on Kristen Stewart's career, they will most likely be divided into three chapters, BEFORE TWILIGHT, THE TWILIGHT YEARS, and AFTER TWILIGHT. Like most people, she came to my attention as Jodie Foster's daughter in 2002's PANIC ROOM and continued to impress me with her appearance in INTO THE WILD. She lost me completely when she "um-ed" and "paused" me to death in the TWILIGHT series, but even then she continued to impress with roles in ADVENTURELAND, THE RUNAWAYS, and ON THE ROAD. Once liberated from her empty Bella Swan big studio servitude, Stewart has mostly appeared in smaller films with such impressively committed turns with STILL ALICE, the otherwise execrable CAFE SOCIETY, AMERICAN ULTRA, and especially CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA by writer/director Olivier Assayas (IRMA VEP, CARLOS, DEMONLOVER). In CLOUDS, she played the assistant to a famous actor (Juliette Binoche) and in doing so, she became the first American actress to ever win the coveted French César Award. With PERSONAL SHOPPER, she reunites with Assayas to play Maureen, another assistant to a celebrity, this time her personal shopper. On paper, it feels like Assayas and Stewart have repeated themselves, and while Assayas' distinctive tone remains in place and they compliment each other nicely, the films cover much different territory. The deeply unsatisfied Maureen works in Paris for Kyra (Nora von Waldstätten), an unstable diva who sends her to high end boutiques to pick up outfits for a constant stream of appearances. While Maureen does her job well, she has much more important things on her mind, such as spending more time with her boyfriend, who remains stuck on assignment in Oman. She also mourns the loss of her twin brother Lewis, who recently died of a heart attack. Considering herself a Medium, Maureen has committed herself to contacting Lewis, whom she feels may still haunt the house he last occupied. Sharing his heart condition, they pledged to each other that if one of them dies, they will communicate to the other. On the surface, PERSONAL SHOPPER plays out like a ghost story. Things do go bump in the night, apparitions appear, and Assayas manages to create several scary sequences. The main thrust, however, focuses on Maureen's journey as a person stuck in a life she hates. Good thing too, as the spiritual elements sometimes feel half-baked, but Stewart remains stunningly compelling throughout. Whereas Stewart had Binoche to play off of in CLOUDS, this film requires her to act solo for most of it. It takes tremendous skill to literally play emotions opposite an endless series of text messages. The 30 minute sequence in which Stewart shops from Paris to London and back again finds her typing away with an Unknown Caller who seemingly has followed her every move. Is it Lewis? Is it a human stalker? Although potentially tedious, Stewart drew me in with her tremendous compassion. Yes, she could lighten up a little, but a dead brother who holds her back from living her life doesn't feel like the appropriate time for a knock-knock joke. Like CLOUDS, Maureen goes through a transformation, but with this film, it's pretty unambiguous. She takes baby steps by trying on her boss' clothes, a strictly forbidden act. Much will be made about Stewart's nudity and raw sexuality in these scenes, and rightly so. Stewart has that rare, delicious ability to convey gender and sexual fluidity, pretty much appealing to anybody who breathes oxygen. Gifted cinematographer, Yorick Le Saux (A BIGGER SPLASH and frequent Assayas collaborator) finds great moments of beauty in this film. While the CGI ghost imagery feels serviceable at best, there are sequences such as the spooky one in the hotel lobby and the dressing scenes in Kyra's apartment that feel indelible. Much of PERSONAL SHOPPER may seem aimless to viewers who expect a consistent amount of jump scares and action in their horror films. Think of this as the art film version of the genre. Sure, the third act kicks into high gear with its share of surprises, but just don't confuse this film with POLTERGEIST. It's much more cerebral. Assayas clearly emulates Hitchcock every time he abruptly fades out of a dialogue scene or by creating suspense by allowing the audience to see things Maureen doesn't. Unlike the Master Of Suspense, Assayas has his own softer rhythms. In the opening scene, for example, Maureen walks through Lewis' house, quietly whispering his name. Hitchcock would have had his heroine yelling from the rafters. Assayas likes to calm his characters down and explore the gentleness in humans. It's not as exciting as a good old-fashioned scream, but patient viewers will reap the rewards of an actor letting us in, sharing her pain. Mark my words, Stewart will win an Academy Award some day, and we'll trace it all back to her golden BEFORE and AFTER TWILIGHT periods.

Glenn Gaylord
Glenn Gaylord

Super Reviewer

Kristen Stewart delivers a fine performance that grabs our attention and Olivier Assayas does a very nice job to creep us out in some moments; it is just too bad, though, that he gets lost with a stupid script that has no focus, no direction and not that much interesting to say.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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