New York Times
"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.
For me, the brooding Garrel is pretty insufferable, but his mannerisms are at least reasonably in check here.
Somehow manages to feel sprawling and epic, while at the same time presenting an intimately observed view of two women's love lives.
Honore's a genuinely gifted eccentric of a filmmaker, but on the evidence of "Beloved," he could use a nap.
A sprawling mess of multiple romantic triangles in which all the angles are obtuse.
The plot of "Beloved," I'm afraid, may try your patience.
J. R. Jones
Characters traipse around city streets singing 60s-style pop tunes in this ungainly, overconceived musical.
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.
Boyd van Hoeij
The carefree love life of a 1960s French mother is daringly juxtaposed with the amorous travails of her daughter several decades later in Beloved.
New York Post
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.
Los Angeles Times
"Beloved" is both broody and bright, steeped in amour in all its Gallic permutations - mad, destined, unrequited, sustaining.
Knight at the Movies
A bit heavy-handed when the tone of the piece isn't wavering uneasily between light and dark.
Washington City Paper
The film as a whole is a lugubrious French-pop disaster.
Mining the French New Wave for material and inspiration invites death by comparison.
Honore's melodramatic excesses are tempered by the subtle performances of his leading ladies.
What starts out as a perky musical, slides downward into a morass of misplaced romantic desires over the course of four decades.
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.
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.
East Bay Express
Story, structure, and dialogue deflate whatever fizzy sexiness the actors try to inject.
NYC Movie Guru
Well-acted and initially refreshing, but uneven, unfocused and too long.
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.
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.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
Low-calorie stories about two women who are unlucky in love.
San Francisco Chronicle
"Beloved" has a big spirit and, somewhere along the line, it becomes a big film.
This stylish film is enormous fun, whirling and warbling across four decades of amour.