• Released
  • August 31, 2011
  • (Limited 8/31)
  • 2 hr 10 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Documentary
Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life Synopsis
The life of French singer Serge Gainsbourg.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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The Hollywood Reporter

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The movie is too much an act of hero-worship for there to be any critical distance.
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Gainsbourg Review

By cspmusic
I liked the movie but it's not for everyone a couple of people walked out and there weren't many people in the theater to begin with. They use a caricature of Gainsbourg to represent his alter ego...

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Gainsbourg review

By chattycathy4
I loved the movie, it was creative and his life was very interesting. The acting, cinematography, directing, and writing were excellent. I recommand it for older teens and adults because of some...

By alanduke
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