The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) Reviews

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April 6, 2020
Charm may be in the eye of the beholder, but if you don't find this movie irresistible, you should get your eyesight checked.
December 9, 2019
Yet the hits, when they come, are immense.
December 6, 2019
Deneuve brings to the film her own subtly erotic discontent and muted sadness.
December 4, 2019
The film boasts music by Michel Legrand and token gusts of New Wave realism, lightened and made lithe for a lighter-footed genre. (The heroine loves a car mechanic.) Add colour photography to dazzle.
July 28, 2014
What's so overpoweringly beautiful about The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg is that it matches human-scaled feelings of regret with the color and intensity of the movies Demy loved as a boy.
March 13, 2014
It continues to charm and delight for the same reasons it did back in 1964.
January 9, 2014
It is a small picture, a boutique musical. But it's lovely.
December 27, 2013
As spun-sugar holiday treats go, "Umbrellas" is hard to resist.
October 14, 2013
Jacques Demy and Michel Legrand's reinvention of the movie musical has tinsel, Technicolor, and a beating, broken heart.
January 11, 2008
Seemingly banal and sentimental on the surface, [director Jacques] Demy has avoided these aspects by tasteful handling and the right balance in emotion, compassion and narrative.
February 9, 2006
Umbrellas makes escapist play with the stuff of kitchen-sink social realism.
November 3, 2005
Catherine Deneuve won the Best Actress prize at Cannes, but the vocal performances of the entire ensemble are impeccable. Pure cinematic magic.
September 18, 2005
Deneuve is luminously beautiful throughout, looking fabulously chic even in a maternity dress.
January 15, 2005
Not only has he resurrected the quaint and artificial device of having the dialogue set to music and unrealistically sung, but he uses this operatic method to tell a story that is so banal... it wouldn't get beyond a reader in Hollywood.
April 22, 2004
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg has stood the test of time as beautifully as Deneuve and seems likely to enchant future generations as fully as it has audiences over the past four decades.
February 10, 2004
A choreography of the everyday timed to Demy's floating long takes and Michel Legrand's at turns jaunty and lachrymose score.
February 5, 2004
Delicately bittersweet.
March 31, 2003
A glorious romantic confection unlike any other in movie history.
January 1, 2000
It's enough to make you sigh, and maybe even tear up.
January 1, 2000
Far more powerful than one would initially suppose.
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