90

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
The movie, like its subject, refuses to stir up unnecessary melodrama. There are many small conflicts and psychological undercurrents, but the closest thing to a narrative theme is the effect Andrée has on the Renoir household.
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88

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Like the paintings of the master, Renoir is beautiful to look at, but it would be a mistake to call the film (or its subject) shallow.
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80

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
One would expect a film about French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir to look beautiful, to be shot in warm, sumptuous colors. And one would not be disappointed in Gilles Bourdos’ Renoir.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
Renoir is a lush, involving film.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Renoir may be too decorous, but it’s about decoration — the intense beauty of surfaces.
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Photography — and thus filmmaking — is painting with light. The connection is illuminated in the lovely Renoir, a twilight-years biography of the great French Impressionist.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Renoir is so beautiful, and so intelligently conceived, that you keep waiting, in vain, for a bit of fire to break out in the narrative.
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70

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Renoir doesn't present a particularly dynamic tale, and its attempts at stage-like drama — notably the sometimes epigrammatic dialogue — can seem overdone. But the performances are assured, the ambiance impeccable and the themes resonant.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Gilles Bourdos’s film is more conventional than its mould-breaking subjects deserve.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Kyle MacMillan
Bourdos’ high-minded aspirations are obvious, but his visually satisfying film is dramatically elusive.
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66 out of 100
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