100

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Cousin Jules is one of those rare experiences that’s rooted in the past yet feels very much of the moment. On top of that, it’s timeless.
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91

The Playlist

By Diana Drumm
After years of being a long-lost gem, Cousin Jules has finally been found and is receiving its due as an innovative, meditative case study of rural life.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Rescued from decay after the director's 2011 death and looking radiant in a 2K restoration, this quiet gem is a time capsule whose potential audience may be small, but will be transported.
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88

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
It only seems plotless. Momentous things happen, one of them tele­graphed in a single heartbreaking shot. The sense of time and place is so intense that Jules’ way of life seems to be disappearing even as we watch him.
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88

Slant Magazine

By Jesse Cataldo
It's a bit reductive in terms of a personal portrait, but this is a film that's not concerned with telling the story of a man, instead making him a representative symbol of a mostly bygone way of life, a reminder of both the fleeting nature of individual experience and the steady patterns of a broader human existence.
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80

Time Out New York

By David Fear
For 91 minutes, the pleasure of the Guiteauxes’ company is ours. We are ultimately the richer for it.
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80

Variety

By Ronnie Scheib
Yet even as the timelessness of the human activity on display seduces with its serenity, it evokes in modern viewers a definite impatience with the impracticality of traditional rites and rhythms, perhaps only enjoyable in 90-minute doses.
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80

Village Voice

By Zachary Wigon
Thoroughly transporting, the peacefulness and clarity of Cousin Jules can't help but reveal, by contrast, the restlessness and agitation too common to life today.
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70

The Dissolve

By Scott Tobias
As director Dominique Benicheti invites the audience to contemplate this way of life—and that’s all the film seeks to accomplish, which is plenty—he reveals the virtues of simplicity, routine, and quietly communing with the natural world.
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60

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
Cousin Jules is in many ways a wonder to see and hear, but there is less to it than meets the eye.
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81 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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