(2012)

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100
A perfect storm of a motion picture, with an icy, immaculate director unexpectedly taking on deeply emotional subject matter.
100
Michael Haneke's French-language Amour, a perfect film about intertwined lives, proceeds at its own pace, and breathes so deeply that it takes your own breath away.
100
In Amour, these two actors show us what love is, what it really looks like, and what it may, at its most secret moments, demand.
100
Amour arrives with plaudits and praise. But this is not hype, it is all deserved. This is a masterpiece.
100
Small victories that turn into defeats, long walks to gain little ground, little wounds that get deeper every day - growing old is a war, and movies rarely go there. Michael Haneke's amazing, dignified Amour is the exception.
100
Magnificent in its simplicity and its relentless honesty about old age, illness and dying, Michael Haneke's Amour is a deliberately torturous watch.
100
An unexpected kind of masterpiece by Haneke, whose films have included the enigmatic "Caché" and the earlier Golden Palm winner "The White Ribbon." We don't expect such unflinching seriousness, such profundity from Haneke.
100
This is the sort of small, intimate drama about unpleasant subject matter Hollywood rarely deals with, but Haneke isn't worried about turning off his audience, because death is something everyone has in common. It fascinates us, the way it also scares us.
90
At his provocative best, though - in his brilliant, gorgeous 2009 film "The White Ribbon," a study of the roots of fascism in domestic tyranny, and now in Amour - Haneke implicates us in the full range of human capacity.
88
These two glam stars of French cinema - Riva in 1959's "Hiroshima Mon Amour" and Trintignant in 1966's "A Man and a Woman" - give performances of breathtaking power and beauty. Prepare for an emotional wipeout.
75
Amour is also unforgettable and one of a kind, two hours of torment that, in the end, you will probably not regret.
70
For all that it is, as promised, about love, it's also a subtly punishing affair that grinds you into the ground as you watch an elderly couple deal with one member's slow deterioration of health and sanity.

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