• Released
  • October 25, 2013
  • (Limited NY, LA)
  • NC-17 , 2 hr 55 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
Blue Is the Warmest Color (La vie d'Adèle) Synopsis
Adèle years for romance, but her interpersonal relationships become complicated.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Blue Is the Warmest Color explores a life with a depth and force that would be scary - if it weren't so scarily good.
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100

The Hollywood Reporter

By Jordan Mintzer
Less concerned with classic storytelling than with creating virtual performance pieces on screen, the film features dozens of extended...
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Make no mistake, Blue Is the Warmest Color constitutes a breakthrough, in addition to being the best film of 2013.
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100

The Telegraph

By Robbie Collin
It is an extraordinary, prolonged popping-candy explosion of pleasure, sadness, anger, lust and hope.
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100

Time Out London

By Dave Calhoun
From this simple, not especially unique love story, Kechiche has fashioned an intimate epic.
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100

The Playlist

By Jessica Kiang
Blue is the Warmest Color is a masterpiece of human warmth, empathy and generosity, because in a mere three hours, it gives you a whole new...
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100

The Hollywood Reporter

Less concerned with classic storytelling than with creating virtual performance pieces on screen, the film features dozens of extended...
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96

Film.com

By Jordan Hoffman
A damn near perfect film.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Leah Greenblatt
Blue's raw portrayal of infatuation and heartbreak is both devastating and sublime. It's unforgettable.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Watching Blue is the Warmest Color provides viewers with that rarest of motion picture opportunities: the ability to lose oneself in the...
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NC-17 doesn't have to mean the 'kiss of death.'

By Squirrel Dude
Yes, I write this review while I know it's no longer around. A bit long, over 2 1/2 hours, almost 3! Though in French, the credits have in the title, 'Book 1 & 2.' So, probably that explains its...

Absolutely Riveting

By crimsnqt
Absolutely Riveting I had not read the graphic novel, so I came into his film with unbiased eyes. To my delight, it was a wonderful coming of age story in which I could identify with several of the...

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By alibrown12
The main character had as much facial expression as Kristen Stewart, which isn't saying much. The sex scenes were hot, but not worth the almost 3 hours watching the rest of the film....

Acting is good...

By becquerina
I enjoyed the acting. It was superb! However, I disliked the sex scenes. It felt like watching porn. I just wouldn't go to the movies to watch porn. I felt that the actresses were used, that those...

Big screen porn is back!

By Art619
While I have nothing against watching beautiful young ladies engage in extremely graphic sex, I prefer to watch this sort of thing at home, with the door closed, and my pants down. Porn is fine, but...

Beautiful Film

By califooornians
Captures the euphoria and the heartbreak of one's first love, the inner turmoil of pursuing a love with possible social ramifications, the idea that a person you randomly cross on the street could...

Ewu is the warmest color

By everyweek60706
A fine film with some intense (-ly embarrassing) sex scenes. If you were hoping for porn you'll have to sit through three hours of good movie. If you came for the good movie - well, I just don't see...

So So

By hkaplan918
The film itself is an interesting character study. The acting is excellent. However, the sex scenes distract from the good qualities of the film. They go on too long and are jarringly amateurish....

Amazing, Epic Love Story

By willallison2000
Don't get distracted by the film's notoriety over its sexuality, etc. The 2 actors, and the director, have created one of the great love stories ever shown in cinema. A must see....

Unrelenting intensity

By naties
Most of screen time is close-ups of Adele character; the movie is a refutation of the cliche of 'the male gaze.' So close up, we see everything, beauty, ugliness, grossness, cruelty, pain. It takes...

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Rated NC-17 | For for explicit sexual content