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Reviews: Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)

blue_is_the_warmest_colorReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: E’ una magnifica ossessione, quella di Kechiche. E’ il cinema che si reinventa di nuovo, in uno sforzo inesausto di verita’ e bellezza. La protagonista Adele Exarchopoulos e’ un miracolo: si dona con coraggiosa incoscienza al cinema di Kechiche, che ricambia con uno dei piu’ indimenticabili film d’amore che si siano visti sullo schermo.
  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: Blue Is the Warmest Color may not be a sweeping, Technicolor epic but it comprises the entire length, breadth and depth of a single relationship from love to sex to food to heartbreak and back to love. What could be more epic than that?
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @
    • Excerpt: A creative and well-acted story about the explosive firepower of sexual desire as a tricky force that can bring both gratification and frustration, sweetness and bitterness, pleasure and pain.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: For three full hours, “Blue is the Warmest Color” pulls us into a celebration of first love in all its glory and pain. It’s thoroughly engrossing and Exarchopoulos and Seydoux couldn’t be truer.
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: Each scene has a different mood and aim, with the sex being by turns acrobatic, tender or desperate, depending on where the characters are at that point. They serve much the same purpose that musical numbers did in Singin’ In The Rain, or the fight scenes in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (another great comic-book adaptation about someone’s life being thrown into turmoil by a girl with blue hair): they are carefully orchestrated expressions of emotion.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: It’s Kechiche’s decision to switch gears to and fro from an impressionistically intimate rendering of love to a clinically anatomical portrait of lovemaking that interferes with the gentle ebb and flow this kind of romance calls for. It’s a shame this is so, because in all other respects BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR serves as a sensuous canvas for a pair of indelible performances by Exarchopoulos and Seydoux.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: La vida de Adèle está llena de escenas geniales. Lo que brilla con luz propia son dos actrices que se dejan la piel y transmiten muchísima emoción, lo que hace que de vez en cuando la película tenga momentos magníficos.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The final act of Blue Is the Warmest Color is the film’s strongest and most painfully honest…
  • Dustin Freeley @
  • Bill Graham @ Critics Associated
    • Excerpt: With a runtime at a staggering 180 minutes, director Abdellatif Kechiche demands that the audience invest in the film. Luckily, it’s a film worthy of the time.
  • Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: Director Kechiche gained a Palme d’Or this year and international fame and notoriety along with it. It clearly extends Kechiche’s oeuvre in encompassing niches of the modern human experience, locating both what’s peculiar and universal about them.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Most of the story has a delicate beauty of real life and raw emotion that has rarely been presented so honestly.
  • Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics
  • Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie
    • Excerpt: Among some of the best cinema has to offer this year. Masterful filmmaking.
  • [New – 7/24/14] | Dan Jardine @ Cinemania
    • Excerpt: Blue Is The Warmest Color is Andy Warhol inside out, superficially deep
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: There’s nothing particularly surprising here. Not even the rather tediously obvious 15-minute all-nude lesbian f*ckfest.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: It’d almost be overinflating the film’s worth to call “Blue Is the Warmest Color” more than a straightforward, slightly taboo-busting relationship drama. It is that, but the fly-on-the-wall quality lends a candor and a palpable feeling that are all too rare.
  • Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]
  • Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?
    • Excerpt: Blue is the Warmest Color is a movie of constant, sometimes rocky evolution, a form it shares with that of a turbulent romantic relationship. It channels inward on a plot level but expands consistently outward in terms of resonance, starting out as a film tuned in to the coming out process and its interpersonal repercussions and concluding as a remarkably sensitive, all-inclusive portrait of the challenges and rewards of having a significant other.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: It is a story well told with a great central performance and a film that was vastly over-rated at Cannes but also one that is ridiculously over-scrutinised now. Great, flawed filmmaking.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
  • Tiago Ramos @ Split Screen [Portuguese]
  • Nuno Reis @ Antestreia [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Poderia continuar a enumerar, mas de forma sucinta é a honestidade de tudo o que nos conta. É uma história de vida, de como a chama do amor se acende e se apaga, e de todos os momentos pelo meio em que arde fulgurosa.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Blue is the Warmest Color is an expansive, personal epic, at once raw and unadorned, but also highly stylized. Kechiche favors long scenes, letting conversations run their course, but he also likes cranks up the heat on any given moment.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: It’s more than just naked bodies.
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: But the true treasure – and the sole reason that I hope people discover Blue Is the Warmest Color – is for the performance by the stellar Adele Exarchopoulos.
  • Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: “Blue is the Warmest Color” is a monumental cinematic achievement that must be experienced by anyone passionate about film. That the movie also encompasses national, familial, political, personal, sexual, intellectual, and artistic aspects brings the narrative to an epic level of romantic drama.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
    • Excerpt: Simultaneously distant and distinct, unfamiliar and knowing, Blue is the Warmest Color is an emotionally raw yet mildly troublesome epic drama.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look/Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: The dizzying power of Blue Is the Warmest Color lies principally in its perfect elicitation of a universal agony: the loss of a love.
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 10:21 am

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