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Metascore

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100
Chicago Sun-Times
A beautiful and haunting film that tells this story, and then tells another subterranean story about the seasons of a marriage.
100
Boston Globe
A grand, dark, grave, severe piece of first-rate cinema.
100
Philadelphia Inquirer
Remarkable movie.
91
Entertainment Weekly
The subtle selectivity of Leconte's eye, how he moves with great control from gesture to gesture, is matched by the disciplined intensity of the performances.
88
Has the resonance, eloquence and formal rigor of a piece of great literature.
80
Wall Street Journal
For the director, Mr. Leconte, and for the usually volcanic Mr. Auteuil, the quiet, cumulative power of this film is a striking departure from the dazzling energy of their previous collaboration in "Girl on the Bridge."
80
Mr. Leconte seems at last to have anchored his cinematic gifts to a story worth caring about.
80
Binoche is especially subtle and radiant in another splendid drama from Leconte.
75
The director has concocted a tragedy that actually feels tragic.
75
New York Daily News
It doesn't get much more romantic than this.
75
Christian Science Monitor
Leconte reconfirms his growing importance to French cinema with this precisely crafted, marvelously acted drama, which makes a powerful statement on capital punishment.
75
Miami Herald
Celebrates a larger-than-life heroism that is, sadly, all too rare.
75
New York Post
Has its sluggish stretches, but the superb level of acting is more than ample compensation.
63
Mr. Showbiz
Accomplished, middlebrow costume-drama entertainment. It's not so simple that it could be mistaken for the work of, say, Lasse Hallström, and yet it's not so sophisticated that audiences of "Chocolat" would be mystified.
50
L.A. Weekly
As stunning to look at as "Girl on the Bridge" or indeed any of his others, but it lacks the distilled intensity - and, surprisingly for Leconte, the wit.

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