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  • 80
    John Anderson Wall Street Journal

    Soko is terrific, but it is Mr. Lindon who delivers the performance of the film, his internalized consternation amounting to an eloquent dispatch from the war between the sexes. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Sokolinski, a French pop singer better known at home as Soko, is fully in tune with Winocour’s sharp vision. Her intense, almost accusatory turn feels like the opposing image of Keira Knightley’s intellectual neurosis in 2011’s similarly themed “A Dangerous Method.” Where that film found some lightness within the dark, this one drags an historic darkness into the light. show more

  • 80
    Neil Young The Hollywood Reporter

    Augustine's script is a coherent and valid artistic reinterpretation of the case, told against an unfussily atmospheric evocation of late 19-century Paris - persuasive even though the dialogue seldom sounds particularly old-fashioned. show more

  • 70
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Ultimately, Winocour does stage an instance of what could be called love. It's unconvincing narratively, alas, and an odd disruption of the tone in a film that is otherwise bracingly clinical. show more

  • 88
    Tomas Hachard Slant Magazine

    Alice Winocour's take on this true story carries the superficial trappings of a period drama, but its perspective is entirely contemporary. show more

  • 63
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    Winocour skillfully films Augustine being exhibited for other doctors in several disturbingly erotic scenes, but elsewhere Soko’s stolid, one-note demeanor takes a toll. The script, which gives Augustine no background and mostly shows her either being “treated” or having an episode, doesn’t help. show more

  • 63
    RogerEbert.com

    Ultimately, while this character-based drama proves consistently engrossing, it leaves various pertinent and fascinating issues frustratingly unexplored. show more

  • 50
    Bill Stamets Chicago Sun-Times

    An obliquely clinical love story. show more

  • 80
    Eric Hynes Time Out New York

    Plays like a gothic prequel to David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method," one in which human flesh is viewed as both horrific and erotic terrain. show more

  • 100
    A.O. Scott The New York Times

    Everything depends on the subtlety of the direction and the charisma of the performances. Augustine is intellectually satisfying partly because it communicates its ideas at the level of feeling, through the uncanny power of Soko’s face and body. show more

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