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100
Less concerned with classic storytelling than with creating virtual performance pieces on screen, the film features dozens of extended sequences of Adele and Emma both in and out of bed-scenes that are virtuously acted and directed, even if they run on for longer than most filmmakers would allow.
100
From this simple, not especially unique love story, Kechiche has fashioned an intimate epic.
100
It is an extraordinary, prolonged popping-candy explosion of pleasure, sadness, anger, lust and hope.
100
Blue is the Warmest Color is a masterpiece of human warmth, empathy and generosity, because in a mere three hours, it gives you a whole new life to have lived.
100
Less concerned with classic storytelling than with creating virtual performance pieces on screen, the film features dozens of extended sequences of Adele and Emma both in and out of bed-scenes that are virtuously acted and directed, even if they run on for longer than most filmmakers would allow.
100
Make no mistake, Blue Is the Warmest Color constitutes a breakthrough, in addition to being the best film of 2013.
100
Blue Is the Warmest Color explores a life with a depth and force that would be scary - if it weren't so scarily good.
96
A damn near perfect film.
91
Kechiche excels at capturing his protagonist's emergence in the world.
91
Blue's raw portrayal of infatuation and heartbreak is both devastating and sublime. It's unforgettable.
90
The movie goes on for three hours without an emotional letup - it's finally overwhelming.
90
It's emotionally and sexually explicit, as raw as an exposed nerve at times, but Adèle and Emma have public lives as well as private ones, and the film's great achievement is holding them in balance and observing how they relate to each other.
88
Blue Is the Warmest Color sweeps you up on waves of humor, heartbreak and ravishing romance.
88
Watching Blue is the Warmest Color provides viewers with that rarest of motion picture opportunities: the ability to lose oneself in the life of another for three hours and to emerge having felt something.
88
Even with its limitations it's one of the necessary films of 2013.
88
The winner of Cannes's top prize, the Palme d'Or, and the international critics prize at the same festival, the film was hailed as a breakthrough, a graphic and emotional love story, the first same-sex feature ever to win the Palme, in the week after France legalized same-sex marriage.
80
It's a long movie, and by the end you may well feel every bit as wrung out as the characters. But it is genuinely passionate film-making.
80
The rich atmosphere of the movie may be the sexiest thing about it: It's no wonder these women breathe in the air of possibility and find themselves imbued with boldness.
80
The performances are nothing less than astonishing. It's easy to understand why the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival went to both actresses, though not easy for me to see why the movie itself was included in the unprecedented joint award.
75
Abdellatif Kechiche reveals through his sense of composition, and collaboration with his remarkable actresses, a sensitivity to emotional nuance that's striking.
75
Exarchopoulos is a revelation, wearing her neediness, vulnerability and arousal with every muscle in her face, her posture, even her hair. It's an utterly naked performance, literally and figuratively.
75
While there have been plenty of movie romances not unlike this, there's never been one told in such an ambitiously immersive way.
75
If you don't really understand women - or don't even want to - it's easier to just call them a mystery and let it go at that. For all the close-ups, that may be why Blue Is the Warmest Color never gets close enough.
75
This saga of romance works with an unromantic style.
63
Mostly a routine love story elevated by one of the year's most magnetic performances.
60
Overlong and dramatically thin.

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