100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It "explains" nothing but feels everything. It reminds me of two other films: Bresson's "Mouchette," about a poor girl victimized by a village, and Karen Gehre's "Begging Naked," shown at Ebertfest this year, about a woman whose art is prized even as she lives in Central Park.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

Moreau is bewitching -- she simply breathes her role, without a hint of vanity.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The rare movie that manages to convey the inner soul of an artist.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
What Moreau does with this role is as inscrutably moving as anything Séraphine Louis painted.
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88

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
With exquisitely simple images and minimal dialogue, Seraphine is both haunting and humane.
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80

NPR

By Bob Mondello
Writer-director Martin Provost tells much of Seraphine's true-life story without words, lingering here on the process by which she makes paints, there on the obsessive single-mindedness she brings to her art.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Moving historical drama brings a fascinating chapter of art history to life.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's a movie about a scrubwoman who paints - so don't expect lots of sex scenes or car chases. Just expect a great performance by Moreau, who will convince you that she painted every one of those paintings - and lived them all before she painted them.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Stephen Cole
We don't get a good look at a painting until 35 minutes into the film biography of Séraphine de Senlis, the early 20th-century French painter discovered by German art collector Wilhelm Uhde. The film Séraphine is not about paintings.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
It is an actors' showcase, without being showy, and Moreau and Tukur reveal radically different personalities with just enough in common to make things interesting.
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84 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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