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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Elles has about half of a story stretched to feature length, and it manages to end just as a good story might have been kicking in. But that is often the way with foreign cinema: The Europeans know how to do sex, but we know how to do stories. show more

  • 70
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Yet Elles has contemporary pertinence. As the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair showed, feminism hasn't significantly mellowed France's macho culture. And sexual predation on young women from Eastern Europe remains a timely topic. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Elles has a surprisingly deep performance in a disappointingly shallow movie. The performance, acute and brave, is by Juliette Binoche. show more

  • 63
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Elles is provocative company, but it leaves us feeling hustled. show more

  • 50
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Szumowska provides lurid scenes of perverted sex, but she offers no new insight into the sordid world of prostitution and the dangers sex workers face. Nor does she flesh out Charlotte and Alicja. The result is a superficial and voyeuristic film. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Both provocative and muddled, the film's a moody, passive-aggressive tract that's buoyed by superior performances and sunk by its own uncertainties. An alternate title might be "The Joylessness of Sex." show more

  • 50
    Jesse Cataldo Slant Magazine

    The film is ultimately draining because of the way it handles Anne, stranding a potentially dynamic character in two dueling scenarios, both of which are drab and unsurprising. show more

  • 38
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    The acting by Binoche and her two young co-stars is more nuanced than the film deserves. They bring a rich expressiveness and sense of complex inner life to their characters. It's the movie - and its placard-sized message - that is more two-dimensional. show more

  • 60
    David Hughes Empire

    Another bravura performance from Juliette Binoche glosses over the flaws in a soft-focused glimpse at the seamier side of student life. show more

  • 60
    David Fear Time Out New York

    Titillation and tentative stabs at gender studies do not a cogent cri de coeur make. It's simply a provocation that's all hopped up with nowhere to go. show more

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