Laurence Anyways 2012

Critics score:
83 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Karina Longworth, L.A. Weekly: If anything, it's a bold manifesto aimed at critics like me who have slagged the filmmaker off as all style and no substance. Read more

Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times: [Mr. Dolan] perfectly evokes the violating effect of a stranger's scrutiny and the imponderable depths of a lover's gaze. Read more

Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times: For all of its transgender drama, "Laurence Anyways" remains a love story, pure but not so simple. Read more

Rob Nelson, Variety: Fully immodest and intermittently astonishing. Read more

Mike D'Angelo, AV Club: It's just too damn much, frankly. Read more

A.A. Dowd, AV Club: A nearly three-hour epic, a melodrama writ large, and blessed with a young man's ambition. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: It's all too much, really, including its 21/2-hour-plus running time. But it's also engrossing, an ultimately tender story of a transsexual's transformation over 10 years and its effect on him and the people around him. Read more

Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader: Lushly romantic and daringly original. Read more

Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter: A sumptuously orchestrated love story about a transsexual man's decade-long struggle to maintain a passionate romance with his female soulmate in the face of creeping hostility from friends, family and society. Read more

Los Angeles Times: At nearly three hours, it's by turns an extraordinary and exhausting work. Read more

Richard Brody, New Yorker: Poupaud's quiet moments convey a lofty, poignant introspection, and Clement erupts with grand, if scattershot, furies. Read more

Tomas Hachard, NPR: Without belittling the challenges and prejudices Laurence faces, Dolan places her story into larger contexts, posing questions about conformity, heartbreak, love and self-fulfillment. Read more

Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post: At nearly three hours, it's entirely too long, needlessly padded out with an intrusive interview-framing device. Read more

Olivia Collette, Chicago Sun-Times: [It] zeroes in on the impact of transgender on a relationship, and tries to understand what makes two people stay together or fall apart. Read more

David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle: "Laurence Anyways" is a formidable display of French Canadian director Xavier Dolan's prodigious talents, but also a case study of a young talent still finding his way to greatness.He'll get there one day, soon, but this film doesn't quite do it. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: A well-acted drama about two anguished lovers struggling with their own flaws and an unjust society. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: The story just doesn't have the heft that its 161-minute running time implies. It's about an hour longer than the story requires, even for one that spans decades. Read more

Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out: Forgive this film its marvelous moodiness-someone needs to go there once in a while. Read more

Calum Marsh, Village Voice: Both deeply refreshing and important. Read more