Coco Before Chanel Synopsis
Seamstress Coco Chanel develops a style that takes her to the heights of haute couture.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The naturalism of Anne Fontaine's film would be at home in a novel by Dreiser. Her star Audrey Tautou, who could make lovability into a...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Coco is played by Audrey Tautou, and she's phenomenal--self-contained, tightly focused, sparing with her smiles, miserly with her joy,...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Maybe it's just the subtitles, but it would seem that Fontaine has a keener eye for the elements that made Chanel's style than she has an...
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Through Tautou's performance, Coco Before Chanel reveals the formation of an artist.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Coco Chanel is not the most lovable of heroines, but it's a strength of the film that director Anne Fontaine allows Tautou to make Coco as...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Tautou is a fascinating, unsmiling, petite presence with a severe brow and an androgynous appeal, so much so that I wish Alessandro Nivola...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Not an expansive biopic but a fascinating snapshot of a pivotal chapter for Chanel, her formative fashionista years.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Spectacle, a love triangle, heritage settings, bravura acting, witty dialogue, a bittersweet finale: There's something for everyone in Anne...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
I could have watched this woman rip a piece fabric and turn it into a dress all day. I haven’t seen a lot of that. I have seen movies about...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
There are a select few artists who can take the same materials used by everyone else and create a masterpiece. Coco Chanel was one of them....
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Coco and the Nazis

By flemingrut
In order for filmgoers to have the full picture, I recommend that they go online to learn about Mme. Chanel's collaboration with the Nazis during the war....

Coco, So-So

By skoslow
After all the hype, I was disappoited, finding"Coco Before Chanel" beautiful, but excruciatingly slow and devoit of plot. I thought she'd never leave the chateau...and one reference to the virtues of...

Coco Just So-So

By vizwords
Generally well done. I thought it would be great based on reviews and previews, but there was not enough time given to what made Coco the way she was. Sure, she was an orphan - so was her sister and...

Coco Avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel)

By lafab714
Well-acted, beautifully photographed, scenic. The movie pace was steady until the last 15 minutes of the movie when the storyline fast-forwarded to the start of her couture house. All those years...

Coco Berries

By piktures
Great film about the rise of Coco Chanel. Audrey Tatou was great as Coco. She is an understated actress and can play a subtle and complicated character. Coco is a much better role for her than...

Coco is enlightening and takes us into the world of fashion the hard way.

By Marlenecsmith
We visit cities in Europe and grow and develop along with young Coco as she struggles to survive in a harsh city . Her friendships are her family. She matures and allows herself the opportunity to...

Bring Some NoDoz

By gorams
Pretty to look at (Tatou; pastoral settings), but this movie has all the dramatic tension of a sloth fight. The best thing about it is Coco's older, wealthy paramour, who injects much needed fun and...

Coco before Channel

By lauriej11
I really enjoyed the movie, subtitles and all. A look a where the famous came from is always interesting. The story was one of bravery and perserverance. The scenery was enjoyable and the acting...

Coco Before Chanel Provides Insights into the Designer's Early Years

By terisawyer
Beautifully made by French clothing designer Anne Fontaine (of the perfect white blouse), Coco before Chanel is a lush, beautiful, costume-filled drama on the life of Coco Chanel before she became a...

Coco before channel

By tati28
Extraordinary movie.I liked the positive energy, the way she fights her reality and future. She wants to work! ja...

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Rated PG-13 | For sexual content and smoking
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Fashion biopic is OK for teens; more style than substance.
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