• Released
  • October 25, 2013
  • (Limited NY, LA)
  • NC-17 , 2 hr 55 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
100

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 sequences of Adele and Emma both in and out of bed—scenes that are virtuously acted and directed, even if they run on for longer than most filmmakers would allow.
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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 life to have lived.
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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 sequences of Adele and Emma both in and out of bed—scenes that are virtuously acted and directed, even if they run on for longer than most filmmakers would allow.
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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 life of another for three hours and to emerge having felt something.
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88 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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