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Une Vieille Maîtresse (The Last Mistress) (An Old Mistress) Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 18, 2008
The sex, like almost everything else in The Last Mistress, is mechanical.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 18, 2008
All of the characters are so elusive and thin there's nothing to grab our interest.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Rosamund Witcher
Empire Magazine
April 28, 2008
Neither a good French period drama nor effective pornography, this is a real disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
June 15, 2008
With small talk fueling this French Provincial porn more than the dull sex, you may be reading this movie and its subtitles, more than watching it. And while it's not clear why she's The Last Mistress, this babe could be The First Stalker.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
July 6, 2008
Lush cinematic compositions, locations, and costumes compensate for some of the story's lacking impact, but not enough to recommend it as anything more than a guilty pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
July 30, 2008
Lusty yet somewhat tepid French sex drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
April 11, 2008
Visually, the film is an uninteresting as the similarly dour Don't Touch the Axe, and now Breillat's health is failing it may be time she hung-up her viewfinder.
Staci Layne Wilson
Buzzine Magazine
June 28, 2008
The tale is told from the point of view of the man, which is an intriguing tack, but sadly, the sordid story unravels slowly and surprisingly tediously, considering all the emotional interplay, intrigue, gore, and gratuitous sex - I was bored beyond belie
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
June 26, 2008
After Anatomy of Hell's tampon tea, any of The Last Mistress's transgressions will pale in comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 28, 2008
Oh god, have I ever seen a more tedious 'erotic' movie than this one?
Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net
May 25, 2007
French director and provocatrice extraordinaire Catherine Breillat is finally tamed by a partially stilted adaptation of an early 19th century literary classic.
June 28, 2008
I can get partially behind any movie that commences with Michael Lonsdale greedily and noisily chomping into a moist leg of pheasant.
Marcy Dermansky
About.com
June 24, 2008
There are far too many ludicrous, overwrought sex scenes. [...] The Last Mistress is nothing but pure, laughable melodrama.
| Original Score: 2/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 12, 2007
This talky, heavy melodrama is pretty to look at, but behind it there is nothing of substance
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 26, 2008
There was a point about midway through "The Last Mistress" when I was honestly wondering if it was intentionally bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 18, 2008
The characters ultimately feel more like pawns to be manipulated, rather than flesh-and-blood human beings who suffer and love, which gives the film's message that the two are essentially one in the same a rather hollow ring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Armond White
New York Press
June 25, 2008
Breillat can't make up for Argento's shallowness, and her own political imprudence gets in the way of her romanticism.
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 18, 2008
The Last Mistress is grindingly predictable, its view of sex as hand-to-hand combat (the lovers here assault each other like Sumo wrestlers) is often unintentionally funny and the casting is all wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
July 25, 2008
A costume drama with an emphasis on costume over drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 29, 2008
Screenwriter/director Catherine Breillat's take on the tale has a definite feminist slant to it, which may explain why the male characters come off so badly. And unfortunately, sometimes that makes it dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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