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Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

Not Rated In Theaters 08/31/2011 , 136min.
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October 06, 2011
Yes it's a good-looking picture, as one critic puts it, but you come out of it thinking where was the climax? What was the point? Where is the feeling? So it's kind of pretty and empty. Reminds me a lot of the movie Nine.

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The Hollywood Reporter
The movie is too much an act of hero-worship for there to be any critical distance. Full Review
A.O. Scott
The New York Times
The puppets and the music make Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life engaging, but it is also visually hectic and lacks either the dramatic intensity or the arresting insight that might have lifted it out of the pedestrian realm of the admiring biopic. Full Review
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
Handsomely mounted and shot with an eye for nocturnal Parisian mystery by Guillaume Schiffman, Gainsbourg somewhat mercifully peters out after the grande scandale of the provocateur's reggae version of "La Marseillaise," which earned him the wrath of French patriots. Full Review
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
What the movie lacks in depth it makes up for in surreal humor, and - just as he should - Gainsbourg look-alike Elmosnino seduces us effortlessly. Full Review
Ian Buckwalter
Sfar's imaginative direction and the film's lush visual sense, along with a hugely charismatic performance by Eric Elmosnino in the title role, do manage to elevate much of the formula elements. Full Review

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