• Released
  • September 25, 2009
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 50 min
  • Documentary
  • 176 Fan Ratings
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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80

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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75

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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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Through Tautou's performance, Coco Before Chanel reveals the formation of an artist.
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75

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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75

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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75

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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70

The Hollywood Reporter

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Spectacle, a love triangle, heritage settings, bravura acting, witty dialogue, a bittersweet finale: There's something for everyone in Anne...
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63

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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60

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