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Based on 23 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Renoir is so beautiful, and so intelligently conceived, that you keep waiting, in vain, for a bit of fire to break out in the narrative. show more

  • 60
    New York Daily News

    Unfortunately, for all the beauty, director Gilles Bourdos goes no further than simply observing surfaces. show more

  • 60
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Although there is incident in the film's second doesn't build to the level of compelling drama, leaving the film in a quiet, temperate realm that scarcely makes the pulse race. show more

  • 70
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Renoir doesn't present a particularly dynamic tale, and its attempts at stage-like drama — notably the sometimes epigrammatic dialogue — can seem overdone. But the performances are assured, the ambiance impeccable and the themes resonant. show more

  • 88
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Like the paintings of the master, Renoir is beautiful to look at, but it would be a mistake to call the film (or its subject) shallow. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Renoir may be too decorous, but it’s about decoration — the intense beauty of surfaces. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Photography — and thus filmmaking — is painting with light. The connection is illuminated in the lovely Renoir, a twilight-years biography of the great French Impressionist. show more

  • 63
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Gilles Bourdos’s film is more conventional than its mould-breaking subjects deserve. show more

  • 50
    Kyle MacMillan Chicago Sun-Times

    Bourdos’ high-minded aspirations are obvious, but his visually satisfying film is dramatically elusive. show more

  • 38
    Steve Macfarlane Slant Magazine

    A long string of picnics, portrait sessions, elaborate dinners, and countryside rituals, filtered through a svelte aesthetic pleasantness that ultimately corrodes its larger interests. show more

  • May 19, 2013 Kathy
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    Fabulous film!!! Very good acting, interesting story , beautiful cinematography!!

  • May 18, 2013 davheefn
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    RENOIR is amazingly photographed (n0 hand held cameras). The acting is excellent. The story is fascinating and moving. A special film! 5 STARS!

  • April 04, 2013 Susi
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    Kenneth Turan (LA Times) is WRONG! Definitely not four stars! Beautiful cinematography! Narrative is lengthy and lacking in action. Could have and should have been 20 minutes shorter with more passion to figuratively and literally awaken viewers. The cast do their best with a mediocre script.

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