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Reviews: Amour (2012)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Michael Haneke continua a sfidare il nostro statuto di spettatori e il nostro confortevole mondo borghese, con questo dolente Amour. Il suo cinema si puo’ anche respingere, ma le sue ossessioni restano nella memoria a lungo.
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: So Amour is a positive and, yes, humanistic film about selfishness. Finally, though, it is also about dignity.
  • [New – 8/29] | Luke Bonanno @
    • Excerpt: Amour isn’t an easy viewing, but it is a substantial and rewarding one. Michael Haneke’s portrait of the twilight of a long marriage is poignant, haunting, and refreshingly original.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: Gains its power from grounding its characters’ pain in something humanistic.
  • Enrique Buchichio @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Haneke narra con la morosidad necesaria los días y las noches de una vida que consiste, básicamente, en llenar las horas vacías, en tolerar el paso del tiempo, en acompañar al otro hasta ese minuto final en que termine el padecimiento. ¿Si es agradable de ver? Depende del punto de vista…
  • Samuel Castro @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Un guión seco y duro, como la vida misma, y un par de actuaciones inolvidables, nos recuerdan lo que significa aquello de “hasta que la muerte nos separe”
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The film has been declared a masterpiece by many, and yet the director’s inability to put aside his usual chilly remove encases “Amour’s” protagonists under glass.
  • Tom Clift @ Moviedex
    • Excerpt: The director of such bleak affairs as Funny Games and The Piano Teacher, Austria’s cinematic master of misery Michael Haneke returns with yet another drawn-out tale of human misfortune and suffering. Without a shred of irony, the film is titled Love.
  • Philip Concannon @ Phil on Film
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Brutal and poignant, Amour is exquisitely realized by Haneke, a fine filmmaker not usually known for his sensitivity.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The story behind the central tableau … starts off completely mundane, shifts into a tale of pain and sadness, and ends on a note of horror mixed with tortured understanding.
  • Kimberly Gadette @ doddle
    • Excerpt: Beautifully and bravely acted, Amour is an unflinching depiction of the daily toll that old-age degeneration exacts upon its victims. Should be required viewing for anyone intending to grow old.
  • Panagiotis Gkaris @ Movies Ltd
    • Excerpt: Moralizing is obviously beyond me, but I can’t turn a blind eye to the fact that Haneke consistently avoids catharsis to promote decay, deformity.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Intimate, admirable and elegant, it’s, nevertheless, demanding, deliberate and depressing – about facing our own mortality.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: There have been other stories about longstanding love and the devotion it inspires, but none with quite the wallop of this one…
  • Danny King @ The King Bulletin
    • Excerpt: This is sheer humanity recorded with a camera, and it’s one of the great experiences I’ve had in my young moviegoing career.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Josh Larsen @
    • Excerpt: …true to the awfulness of aging, yet Haneke also unveils a trait I didn’t previously associate with him: mercy.
  • Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]
  • Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row
    • Excerpt: Haneke’s austerity spares us none of the gory details, but there is a certain beauty to be found in that frankness, a light in the seemingly impenetrable darkness.
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: Many reviews claim that it is tender and moving and yet it does not seem to be, precisely because it is so self-reflexive and distancing.
  • Tiago Ramos @ Split Screen [Portuguese]
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
  • Jonathan Richards @
    • Excerpt: This is a picture that deserves to be seen. All it needs is an audience steeled to watch it.
  • Marcio Sallem @ Cinema com Crítica [Portuguese]
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: Michael Haneke’s elegiac exploration of an elderly couple’s final days together transcends all definition of the romantic ideal.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guy’s Opinion
    • Excerpt: A film that ranks with Haneke’s best–which, given the excellence of his body of work, is saying a great deal.
  • Amber Wilkinson @ Eye For Film
    • Excerpt: Fear and concern mingle in every facial movement but Haneke keeps us firmly focused on practicalities of caring for the sick, letting the devastatingly emotional impact echo through each scene, without us ever seeing him hammer it home.
  • Ron Wilkinson @
    • Excerpt: An examination of life and death, this minimalist film succeeds on all levels.
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 10:59 am

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