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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Writer-director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) probes the psyches of two people in crisis. His hypnotic film means to shake you, and does. Schoenaerts reveals unexpected layers in Ali. And Cotillard delivers a tour de force of unleashed emotions. She's astonishing. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A tough movie about tough people for a tough audience. So prepare to get roughed up a little. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    This gritty examination of physical and psychological wounds offers a superb performance by Marion Cotillard, who speaks volumes with her eyes, and a less convincing one by her lead co-star. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Why are certain films less than the sum of their appealing parts? show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The narrative at the heart of Rust and Bone is a vehicle for sentiment and over-the-top histrionics if ever there was one, but Audiard and his two stars deliver the exact opposite: a film thrillingly raw and essential, life-affirming, sublime. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Though Rust and Bone aims for a blasé attitude toward disabled drama - in a far more artificial way than another French film, "The Intouchables," did earlier this year - it's underwritten characters and hoary approach plunk it into mediocrity. As wheelchair-bound Stephanie practices her whale-training motions to Katy Perry's "Firework," it's eye-rollingly obvious. show more

  • 70
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Absorbing if somewhat predictable in its dramatic trajectory, Jacques Audiard's follow-up to his powerhouse prison yarn "A Prophet" benefits from unvarnished, forthright performances from Marion Cotillard and Bullhead hunk Matthias Schoenaerts, as well as from the utterly convincing representation of the former's paraplegic state. show more

  • 90
    NPR

    Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone is an unapologetic melodrama rendered in what you might call semi-stylized neo-expressionistic realism, and it works like gangbusters. show more

  • 90
    Movieline

    Physically it is a kick in the teeth, a depiction of poverty, sex and violence which crosses most known codes of acceptability. show more

  • 100
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    Turns out to be one of the most transportingly romantic movies of the year, one that finds the most stirring emotion in struggle rather than in ginned-up melodrama or easy resolution. show more

  • July 13, 2013 Mark Roemmich
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    Perhaps it was my copy but subtitles where not consistent throughout so story difficult to follow. The performances were good but story line was all over the place. Fighting/security/son/accident.....all of these things did not tie together...movie was more about him than anything and I felt they missed the boat on all of it.

  • March 27, 2013 jj00000000142976
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    2 hours I would rather have back. Disappointed that I had no interest in either of these characters.

  • March 07, 2013 herdkmh
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    if human \'bone\' is broken, it can\'t be complete cured. how vulnerable humans are. why did it well rust. nonetheless life has a value to live and is enough beautiful! why I recollect Endo\'s inscription? \"Humanity is so sad, Lord, and the ocean so blue.\"

  • January 20, 2013 bunkkers
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    I guess I needed to read the fine print. Did not know it was all sub titles. Not a bad movie though. Maybe something I would not pay for again.

  • January 07, 2013 ajldenver
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    I really liked this movie and I keep thinking about it. The characters are very real and the acting is impressive.

  • January 06, 2013 ox00000000134189
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    The story was rich, well told and unique. The problem for me is the side story of a five year old boy being neglected, abused, and who possibly died becuase his father wasn\'********** him. I say possibly, because I walk out.

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