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Thérèse Reviews

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Marc Mohan
Oregonian
September 19, 2013
[Miller's] best-known works, including "The Little Thief" and "Alias Betty," centered on complex female protagonists, and "Thérèse" is a fitting final addition to his filmography.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
September 6, 2013
Although this remake of the 1962 classic is beautifully shot and acted, it's so hollow and bleak that it leaves us cold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
September 6, 2013
Difficult to embrace.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
August 29, 2013
While there's a certain staid feeling to the production, it does deliver a solid working-over to the era's gentry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 26, 2013
It's like watching a slow-burning fuse approach a bomb of psychotic suppression. You don't know what kind of destruction will result, or its consequences, but you sense its inevitability.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
August 22, 2013
While not a nail-biter, the flowery dialogue (many elegant letters are read in voice-over), juicy twists and moral ambiguity make this a period piece worth slowing down for.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
August 22, 2013
This was the director's swan song, before his death in 2012, and I cannot think of a more glorious way to go out than with this exquisitely rendered, near-perfect and definitively French film.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
August 22, 2013
Miller's film is a work of emotional reserve, eschewing psychological explanation in favor of unadorned observation - of human behavior as well as nature and the still lifes of the domestic world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
August 21, 2013
Because she's so internal, the shtick threatens to grow dour and whiny. But mostly there's a mystery and an acknowledgement that there's not always a concrete reason why.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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Michael Atkinson
Time Out
August 21, 2013
The movie may look pretty and may plod, but it also leaves a bruise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dan Fainaru
Screen International
August 19, 2013
A thought-provoking drama.
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Stephen Dalton
Hollywood Reporter
August 19, 2013
A classic story competently told, Thérèse Desqueyroux is chocolate-box heritage cinema at heart, but a perfectly respectable and emphatically French epitaph to Miller's long career.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
July 8, 2013
An ideal movie for anyone in the mood for a beautifully shot, well-acted period drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
June 9, 2013
A handsome, solidly acted period movie about deliberately dislikable people, it's the swansong of a director who was a longtime assistant to François Truffaut.
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
June 8, 2013
Thérèse Desqueyroux points up the book's sociological insights and then suffocates them in an excess of luscious period detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 7, 2013
Miller and cinematographer Gérard de Battista take their palette from Vermeer, with Thérèse less like a character than a piece of still life at the centre of muted earthy shades.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
June 7, 2013
Tautou, eschewing her usual smiley charm, is a revelation, and Miller's final film a fine testimony to his art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
June 7, 2013
It is a perfectly respectable if bloodless version of the François Mauriac novel that shocked readers in the Twenties.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times
June 7, 2013
Tautou's central performance [is] utterly mesmerising as her implacable inner demons push her into conflict with everything around her.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
June 6, 2013
It's an opaque performance from Tautou in many ways, understandably so, and perhaps the film does not fully get inside her mind and heart; a confident, robust work nevertheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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