Amour fou 2014

Critics score:
90 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Sara Stewart, New York Post: Hausner's film feels authentically quiet and slower-paced for the time period ... Read more

Justin Chang, Variety: What really fascinates is the comedy of errors -- and manners -- that Hausner stages along the way, commenting sardonically on the various mishaps, misunderstandings and missed connections that ensue. Read more

A.A. Dowd, AV Club: [writer-director Jessica Hausner has] made a bone-dry comedy of manners, finding absurdist humor in material most filmmakers would probably play straight. Read more

Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader: The mise-en-scene is appropriately suffocating, marked by scrupulous production design and rigid, geometric framing, yet a savage, liberating wit lies beneath the surface. Read more

Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter: The narrative screws of Hausner's screenplay are impressively tightened. Read more

Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times: Despite being inspired by actual events, it all comes off more confounding than tragic or romantic. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: Less than propulsive as a narrative, but provocative, instructive, consistently surprising and a kind of slow-motion thriller. Read more

Richard Brody, New Yorker: The colorful costumes and decor have more character than the blandly coached cast, and the stiff, tableau-like images are a vain artistic pose. Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: It can be a strategically off-putting movie yet one that also steals under your skin scene by scene and through Ms. Schnoeink's slowly revealing performance as an ill-fated heroine turned future biographical footnote. Read more

Keith Uhlich, Time Out: One thing's certain: This is no swoony love story. It intoxicates all the same. Read more

Melissa Anderson, Village Voice: Austrian writer-director Jessica Hausner has an unerring talent for examining, skeptically but never cynically, grand notions about destiny ... Read more