A Burning Hot Summer
A Burning Hot Summer (2012)

Loosely evoking Godard's Contempt, A Burning Hot Summer examines the once-happy marriage between brooding painter Frédéric (Louis Garrel) and his movie-star wife Angèle (Bellucci) as it hits the rocks. When another young couple-actors… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 12, 2012
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

While I have to acknowledge Garrel's skill, the film, which actually has its compelling moments, falls somewhat flat.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

There are spirited moments, notably Angèle's torrid dance with another man at a party. But the film's observations are surprisingly retrograde, even absurd.

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Kent Jones
Film Comment Magazine

I have never seen a Garrel film untouched by grace, and A Burning Hot Summer is no exception.

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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader

Garrel's work is indebted to silent cinema style, but his recent films have shown a real flair for dialogue too.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Here and elsewhere you linger in moments that, like memories and dreams, can feel severed from storybook time.

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Ela Bittencourt
Slant Magazine

The Louis Garrel character's mixture of self-containment and alleged possessiveness over his wife fails to convince, if not to irritate.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

"A Burning Hot Summer" failed to persuade me of any reason for its existence.

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Eric Hynes
Time Out

A Burning Hot Summer wisely knows when and how to surgically slice directly to the bone. It's a bad romance of the highest order.

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Fernando F. Croce
House Next Door

Though shot in swanky color, the film retains the alternately trying and invigorating starkness of the director's recent, black-and-white efforts.

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Flixster Audience Score: 22% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
In "A Burning Hot Summer," Paul(Jerome Robart) meets and falls in love with Elisabeth(Celine Sallette) while both are day players on a movie about… More