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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.
Read More | 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
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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.
Read More | 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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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
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
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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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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 29, 2012
There's something in this story that lingers, too, like the Venetian sunset, as we watch these people, rich and poor, acting foolishly, selfishly, sometimes even hurtfully.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
June 29, 2012
Both Venice and Bouquet are photographed to ravishing effect, and like the city, Judith is meant to suggest something trapped into being a fantasy for others.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 28, 2012
Literate, intelligent and a model of accomplished European filmmaking, "Unforgivable" showcases the kind of emotional complexity that is all but gone from the screen these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 28, 2012
"Unforgivable" isn't one of Mr. Téchiné's greatest achievements, but it's engrossing even when its increasingly populated story falters, tripped up by unpersuasive actions, connections and details.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 27, 2012
[An] elliptical and somewhat loopy drama about the slipperiness of love at any age...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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