• Released
  • August 31, 2011
  • (Limited 8/31)
  • 2 hr 10 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Documentary
  • 6 Fan Ratings
75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
In short, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a charmer.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie unreels his musical biography with an unending series of tastes of songs and performances. You may be surprised by how many you recognize.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
At once overly episodic and playfully arty, like a TV movie made by Fellini.
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65

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
A few shots of full frontal and an actual devil to point to are poor substitutes for exposure and depth of character.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Inventive and enjoyable but ultimately shallow.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
What the movie lacks in depth it makes up for in surreal humor, and - just as he should - Gainsbourg look-alike Elmosnino seduces us effortlessly.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By John Anderson
What may feel like Mr. Sfar's indulgences are sometimes just that, but one could hardly make an honest movie about Gainsbourg that wasn't as recklessly ambitious as this.
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58

NPR

By Ian Buckwalter
Sfar's imaginative direction and the film's lush visual sense, along with a hugely charismatic performance by Eric Elmosnino in the title role, do manage to elevate much of the formula elements.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Alas, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life loses steam and grows more perfunctory as it wears on.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

The movie is too much an act of hero-worship for there to be any critical distance.
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58 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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