• Released
  • May 17, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • NR , 1 hr 42 min
  • Drama
  • 3 Fan Ratings
100

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
Everything depends on the subtlety of the direction and the charisma of the performances. Augustine is intellectually satisfying partly because it communicates its ideas at the level of feeling, through the uncanny power of Soko’s face and body.
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88

Slant Magazine

By Tomas Hachard
Alice Winocour's take on this true story carries the superficial trappings of a period drama, but its perspective is entirely contemporary.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By John Anderson
Soko is terrific, but it is Mr. Lindon who delivers the performance of the film, his internalized consternation amounting to an eloquent dispatch from the war between the sexes.
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80

Time Out New York

By Eric Hynes
Plays like a gothic prequel to David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method," one in which human flesh is viewed as both horrific and erotic terrain.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Neil Young
Augustine's script is a coherent and valid artistic reinterpretation of the case, told against an unfussily atmospheric evocation of late 19-century Paris - persuasive even though the dialogue seldom sounds particularly old-fashioned.
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80

Variety

By Leslie Felperin
Anchored by two intense, intertwined perfs by veteran Vincent Lindon and relative newcomer Soko, a musician who also composed the pic’s growling, atmospheric score, this period drama offers a coolly febrile study of madness, Victorian sexual politics and power.
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80

Village Voice

By Ernest Hardy
The film is something of a paradox, simultaneously passionate and dispassionate, its ending tethered to both bruised triumph and a sense of things falling apart.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Sheri Linden
The film's dark beauty and the quiet intensity of the performances have a discomforting pull.
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70

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Ultimately, Winocour does stage an instance of what could be called love. It's unconvincing narratively, alas, and an odd disruption of the tone in a film that is otherwise bracingly clinical.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Stamets
An obliquely clinical love story.
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74 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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