(1999)

Critic Reviews

91

Metascore

Based on 20 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Entertainment Weekly
(Denis's) visual style is hypnotic, rapturous, and she makes barren landscapes look gorgeous, hard men look vulnerable.
100
Rolling Stone
Unique and unforgettable.
100
San Francisco Chronicle
Riveting.
100
San Francisco Examiner
Elegant.
100
Chicago Tribune
You may not like Beau Travail - which is, after all, a quintessential "critic's film" - but I think you'll have to admit it's been almost perfectly executed.
89
Austin Chronicle
A stunning work of beauty, mystery, contemplation, and grit -- and like sands through the desert hourglass, these are the days of our lives.
88
New York Daily News
"Chocolat" was just a warmup for the stunning display of the male form against National Geographic settings in her new Beau Travail.
70
Denis dispenses with most of Melville's hefty Christian symbolism in favor of the story's other great theme -- repressed homoerotic desire.
66
Mr. Showbiz
The characters are barely characters, the story barely a story, and the elliptical filmmaking style that so besots Denis' many fans could drive you to drink.
63
New York Post
So minimalist in characterization and dialogue that the plot all but evaporates -- and so does any dramatic power.
50
Miami Herald
If only Beau Travail had a more dramatic edge, this nicely done film wouldn't have felt so long.

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