• Released
  • April 27, 2012
  • (Limited)
  • NC-17 , 1 hr 36 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
70

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Yet Elles has contemporary pertinence. As the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair showed, feminism hasn't significantly mellowed France's macho culture. And sexual predation on young women from Eastern Europe remains a timely topic.
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63

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Elles is provocative company, but it leaves us feeling hustled.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Elles has a surprisingly deep performance in a disappointingly shallow movie. The performance, acute and brave, is by Juliette Binoche.
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60

Time Out New York

By David Fear
Titillation and tentative stabs at gender studies do not a cogent cri de coeur make. It's simply a provocation that's all hopped up with nowhere to go.
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60

Empire

By David Hughes
Another bravura performance from Juliette Binoche glosses over the flaws in a soft-focused glimpse at the seamier side of student life.
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50

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Szumowska provides lurid scenes of perverted sex, but she offers no new insight into the sordid world of prostitution and the dangers sex workers face. Nor does she flesh out Charlotte and Alicja. The result is a superficial and voyeuristic film.
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50

Slant Magazine

By Jesse Cataldo
The film is ultimately draining because of the way it handles Anne, stranding a potentially dynamic character in two dueling scenarios, both of which are drab and unsurprising.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Elles has about half of a story stretched to feature length, and it manages to end just as a good story might have been kicking in. But that is often the way with foreign cinema: The Europeans know how to do sex, but we know how to do stories.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Both provocative and muddled, the film's a moody, passive-aggressive tract that's buoyed by superior performances and sunk by its own uncertainties. An alternate title might be "The Joylessness of Sex."
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38

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
The acting by Binoche and her two young co-stars is more nuanced than the film deserves. They bring a rich expressiveness and sense of complex inner life to their characters. It's the movie - and its placard-sized message - that is more two-dimensional.
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50 out of 100
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