'Beloved' Critic Reviews

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Rotten Tomatoes:   42 reviews
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    "Beloved" is at once whimsical and heartfelt, alive to the absurdity and perversity of amorous behavior and also to the gravity and intensity of human emotions.
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  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    For me, the brooding Garrel is pretty insufferable, but his mannerisms are at least reasonably in check here.
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  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Somehow manages to feel sprawling and epic, while at the same time presenting an intimately observed view of two women's love lives.
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  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    Honore's a genuinely gifted eccentric of a filmmaker, but on the evidence of "Beloved," he could use a nap.
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  • Melissa Anderson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    A sprawling mess of multiple romantic triangles in which all the angles are obtuse.
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  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    The plot of "Beloved," I'm afraid, may try your patience.
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  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Characters traipse around city streets singing 60s-style pop tunes in this ungainly, overconceived musical.
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  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    88
    It's a film full of turbulence and passion, as a mother and daughter embark on their separate journeys - their pasts and futures, their happiness and sorrow, intertwined.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Boyd van Hoeij Variety (Top Critic)
    The carefree love life of a 1960s French mother is daringly juxtaposed with the amorous travails of her daughter several decades later in Beloved.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    Lung cancer, coronary thrombosis and French pop music: Two of these things will kill you, but the third will make you wish you were dead.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Sheri Linden Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    80
    "Beloved" is both broody and bright, steeped in amour in all its Gallic permutations - mad, destined, unrequited, sustaining.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Richard Knight Knight at the Movies
    A bit heavy-handed when the tone of the piece isn't wavering uneasily between light and dark.
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  • Tricia Olszewski Washington City Paper
    The film as a whole is a lugubrious French-pop disaster.
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  • James Verniere Boston Herald
    0
    Mining the French New Wave for material and inspiration invites death by comparison.
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  • Betsy Sherman Boston Phoenix
    63
    Honore's melodramatic excesses are tempered by the subtle performances of his leading ladies.
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  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    42
    What starts out as a perky musical, slides downward into a morass of misplaced romantic desires over the course of four decades.
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  • Laura Clifford Reeling Reviews
    67
    To see Deneuve singing in a train station again cannot help but recall "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" and Jacque Demy's film is honored as well in Alex Beaupain's songs with lyrics which propel the story encased in breezy pop tunes.
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  • John Hartl Seattle Times
    38
    Skips around the decades, taking a minimalist approach to history - mostly by demonstrating how recent traumatic events have inconvenienced the love lives of its central characters.
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  • Kelly Vance East Bay Express
    Story, structure, and dialogue deflate whatever fizzy sexiness the actors try to inject.
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  • Michael Dequina TheMovieReport.com
    75
    The songs may not be particularly memorable; however, they serve their purpose in bolstering the emotional drive of the piece, and the film's effect would be neither as unique nor as lasting had they not been there.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Avi Offer NYC Movie Guru
    56
    Well-acted and initially refreshing, but uneven, unfocused and too long.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Doris Toumarkine Film Journal International
    This second-rate Jacques Demy homage crisscrosses multiple continents, nationalities, generations, decades and some key historic events in a helter-skelter romantic musical as odd as it is confusing and corny.
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  • Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle
    75
    "Beloved" has a big spirit and, somewhere along the line, it becomes a big film.
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  • Mark Jenkins NPR
    This stylish film is enormous fun, whirling and warbling across four decades of amour.
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  • Alison Willmore AV Club
    67
    Beloved is a tenderly sincere musical that celebrates love even as it acknowledges the ways in which it can sometimes lead to tragedy.
    Full Review » 2 years ago