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Swimming Pool Reviews

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 8, 2003
Ozon simultaneously manages to make his film lazily sexual and crisply suspenseful.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
August 6, 2003
Two parts psychological thriller and one part pretentious French art-house head-scratcher that leaves you mumbling, 'Duh.'
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 21, 2003
Swimming Pool offers something few other movies this summer can match: A dreamy, intoxicating sensuality.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
July 19, 2003
The story occasionally wanders, but Swimming Pool is definitely worth a dip.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 16, 2003
A delectable and daring psychological drama.
| Original Score: A-
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 16, 2003
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 11, 2003
Think of it as a box of chocolates, with Sagnier being the chocolate-covered cherry. And you know the problem with chocolates: They're great to eat but they offer no nourishment whatsoever, and afterwards you feel guilty for the indulgence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 11, 2003
Shimmering with eroticism and simmering with the tension of unfamiliarity - we never know, right up to the flourish of its end, quite where this film is going.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 11, 2003
Rampling and Sagnier are very good in roles that demand very different things of them, and Ozon's mix of peril and playfulness make for a seductive cinematic diversion.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 11, 2003
Offers an inside-out twist on TV's Murder She Wrote.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
July 11, 2003
Ozon takes a long time setting up his story, but the interplay between Sagnier and Rampling is electric.
| Original Score: B-
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 11, 2003
Well-acted, nicely shot, slick and certainly sexy, Swimming Pool may be all foreplay and no climax, but what the heck -- there are worse ways to be teased.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 11, 2003
Clever and exceedingly well-acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 11, 2003
Deftly mixing eroticism, psychology and art, Ozon has made a provocative movie while adding another stunning performance to Rampling's collection.
| Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 11, 2003
In taking one sort of movie and seemingly teasing it into another, the director and his leading ladies have made a lovely argument about where the real mysteries lie in our lives.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 11, 2003
Works as a character study and a quiet thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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July 10, 2003
Swimming Pool seduces and annoys.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 8, 2003
A watchable, provocative film.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 8, 2003
Swimming Pool is more an exquisite art object than an involving movie. So be it.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 5, 2003
Like other Ozon movies, it feels lifeless and freeze-dried -- in the end, it's more about its own ideas than it is about actual characters.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 4, 2003
Ozon means to have perversity speak for him, but in the end, it doesn't have a lot to say.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
July 3, 2003
With a little sex, some mystery, a little sex, an appealing title and a little sex, France's Swimming Pool has what it takes to become an art house audience magnet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
July 3, 2003
Whether through manipulation or skilled filmmaking, Swimming Pool mesmerizes long after the movie is over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 3, 2003
It's Sagnier, a young Bardot, who lifts the movie, and Rampling, 58, who gives it nuance, not to mention a nude scene that shows off a body Demi Moore would envy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
July 3, 2003
Swimming Pool has the edgy chill of early Polanski.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
July 2, 2003
A brace of superb performances elevates French writer-director Francois Ozon's first English-language movie.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 2, 2003
Whether the movie leaves you confused or angry, you will be stimulated to long discussion afterward. How often does that happen these days?
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 2, 2003
The narrative logic of Swimming Pool slips through our hands like cool water, shimmery and light-dappled, leaving behind the pleasures of summer heat and goose bumps.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 2, 2003
Sensuous and deceptive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 2, 2003
Swimming Pool is a lark of a thriller, and a mesmerizing one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 2, 2003
[The tension] grows by increments, until you realize the movie, in its quiet way, has you snared entirely.
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
July 1, 2003
Swimming Pool is as lulling as a dead man's float, but you come up for air realizing there's no deep end.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 1, 2003
This movie shares with Under the Sand, Ozon's previous collaboration with Rampling, a sense of mystery and languid eroticism.
| Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 1, 2003
Mr. Ozon's first English-language film, is simultaneously a thoroughly mannered, mischievously artificial confection and an acute piece of psychological realism.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
July 1, 2003
Swimming Pool smolders with held-back eroticism and brain-teasing enigmas.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2003
This is the first film Ozon has shot in English, and his attempt to explain Sarah may be a bid to soften her and help the film's commercial viability. Luckily for him, his actress stays in character.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 1, 2003
A fine sunlit noir, oozing sensuality and menace.
| Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 1, 2003
Take a dip -- the water's fine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 30, 2003
I loved every inch of this movie.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
May 19, 2003
Stands as the filmmaker's most satisfying and contained work to date.