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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
June 17, 2013
Francis's fluster-as evinced by Dussollier and nurtured by Téchiné-makes for a pleasure both subtle and mildly sadistic.
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
October 20, 2012
Techine's latest is rich in emotional intrigue
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
September 7, 2012
Though the movie lasts a reasonably brief 107 minutes, Téchiné is in no hurry to reveal his characters. We're still learning about them in the last few scenes, and our loyalties and attractions change.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 6, 2012
An exquisitely crafted, brilliant, confusing, disordered, maddening, and wonderfully flawed film that tries to show life as it is lived.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 14, 2012
Flat and a bit stale, like the characters. Not one of Téchiné's finest.
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago
August 11, 2012
Unforgivable is a bit too relaxed to function as a thriller. Though admirably unpredictable, its plot is also spread thin among these fickle lovers.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 9, 2012
It creates the lived-in sense of being in the world of the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 9, 2012
Bouquet and the waterways of Venice are the chief charms of Téchiné's movie, which is otherwise one of his less convincing efforts.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 9, 2012
What makes the film involving is that it doesn't depend on the mechanical resolution of the plot, but on the close observation of its effects on these distinctive characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
August 8, 2012
[Unforgivable] sets out as an account of unusual lives, finishes as a portrait of a society -- one that lives between the conventional and the openly low.
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
August 3, 2012
It's clearly the work of a master storyteller, conveying a rich, novelistic sense of character and a poetic feeling for the passing of time.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 20, 2012
The way Techine holds them up to the film's unforgiving light, they sometimes seem less like people than like insects in a jar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 19, 2012
Techine lavishes upon us not just scenery and characters but complications and emotional turmoil in pursuit of subtlety. If this seems perverse, it most certainly is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
July 19, 2012
The pervasive morbidity of Venice holds the narrative together, and a melancholy that companionship, parenthood, and art can't console.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 19, 2012
An elegantly rambling Franco-Italian affair about the ways we do each other wrong while trying to do each other right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 19, 2012
The multi-layer cake story has one or three too many.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters
July 13, 2012
...a roundelay of obstinacy and desire, where lives are lived on their own terms, fiercely.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 9, 2012
In "Unforgivable," Téchiné keeps throwing out teasing ideas, but he never makes good on any of them.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 2, 2012
Every single player in Unforgivable is worth a movie of his or her own. The fact that they are all in the same movie together is more boon than bust.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Denby
New Yorker
July 1, 2012
The movie is intriguing and racy, but not always convincing.
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