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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    These two glam stars of French cinema – Riva in 1959's "Hiroshima Mon Amour" and Trintignant in 1966's "A Man and a Woman" – give performances of breathtaking power and beauty. Prepare for an emotional wipeout. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Amour is also unforgettable and one of a kind, two hours of torment that, in the end, you will probably not regret. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Michael Haneke's French-language Amour, a perfect film about intertwined lives, proceeds at its own pace, and breathes so deeply that it takes your own breath away. show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Amour arrives with plaudits and praise. But this is not hype, it is all deserved. This is a masterpiece. show more

  • 100
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Small victories that turn into defeats, long walks to gain little ground, little wounds that get deeper every day - growing old is a war, and movies rarely go there. Michael Haneke's amazing, dignified Amour is the exception. show more

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Magnificent in its simplicity and its relentless honesty about old age, illness and dying, Michael Haneke's Amour is a deliberately torturous watch. show more

  • 70
    Movieline

    For all that it is, as promised, about love, it's also a subtly punishing affair that grinds you into the ground as you watch an elderly couple deal with one member's slow deterioration of health and sanity. show more

  • 90
    Ella Taylor NPR

    At his provocative best, though - in his brilliant, gorgeous 2009 film "The White Ribbon," a study of the roots of fascism in domestic tyranny, and now in Amour - Haneke implicates us in the full range of human capacity. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    An unexpected kind of masterpiece by Haneke, whose films have included the enigmatic "Caché" and the earlier Golden Palm winner "The White Ribbon." We don't expect such unflinching seriousness, such profundity from Haneke. show more

  • 100
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    This is the sort of small, intimate drama about unpleasant subject matter Hollywood rarely deals with, but Haneke isn't worried about turning off his audience, because death is something everyone has in common. It fascinates us, the way it also scares us. show more

  • March 13, 2013 jnes2011
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    It is a wonderful story of love and what it means to a couple who have been there for each other for their entire lives. No it is not a traditional BS American Love Story where all is happy and rosy, but it is powerful. If for nothing else watch it to understand what it is to be there for a Parent, Friend or Partner at the end of their life and how love is not always about greeting cards and dinner, it is so much more.

  • February 19, 2013 carolmittel
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    This couple had no support, no community and no faith. They were alone and lost. Very sad. Also, why call it amour.? She exacted a terrible promise from him - very selfish and not loving at all. The movie made life seem meaningless.

  • February 16, 2013 mikesmutt
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    mostly dull story with many pointless shots---acting is excellent but should have been at 30 minutes shorter---nothing learned, nothing gained

  • February 16, 2013 Kenny
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    DEPRESSING......

  • February 01, 2013 sandraburcham
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    This is a subject that definitely deserves attention but this film does not do it justice. It is boring and does not engage. The filmmaker lingers overly long on shots of inanimate objects, rooms, pictures, to the point of testing our endurance. One would hope that characters who\'ve lived such rich lives would have more to offer at this point in their lives. My experience of friends and family in similar ************* were much more moving and human. the minimalist dialogue and staging in the film makes it surprising that there is a nod to Best Sreeenplay. The actors could have done as well if they had not had a script.

  • January 26, 2013 hliving
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    the most depressing movie i have ever seen

  • January 14, 2013 gjsmusic
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    Well, It\'s like spending two hours in a nursing home. I guess you can see what the future is possible for some of us. But, calling it love or responsibility of the surviving spouse is your choice. The acting thou is quite good. See it and you decide.

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