Claire's Knee (Le genou de Claire)
Claire's Knee (Le genou de Claire) (1971)

The fifth of Eric Rohmer's "Six Moral Tales," Claire's Knee is a deliciously Rohmeresque story of sexual obsession. French diplomat Jerome (Jean-Claude Brialy), on a resort vacation, meets Claire (Laurence De Monaghan),… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 31, 1998
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

The film was rapturously received as a cinematic equivalent to Jane Austen at the time of its original release.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The penultimate entry in Eric Rohmer's series of Six Moral Tales, and the loveliest, most crystalline of the lot.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Rohmer's playful work is both witty and observant.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Claire's Knee is a movie for people who still read good novels, care about good films, and think occasionally.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

A constellation of flirtations, glances, smiles and fibs pulled together by Rohmer with an exquisite Lubitsch deadpan, his camera as warm as sunlight and cutting like a scalpel

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Despite their constant chatter, the characters come alive without seeming too intellectual or too removed.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Comes very close to being a perfect movie of its kind.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

[VIDEO ESSAY] As much a French cultural touchstone as a charming and nuanced picture of desire "Claire's Knee" is Eric Rohmer's best-known film.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

One of Rohmer's greatest expressions of male-female relationships.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Steven Carrier
Eric Rohmer. I get it, I like his sensibilities, and I think he is an important filmmaker. But "Claire's Knee" is just grueling for me. I found… More
Dimitris Springer
Extremely poetic,disturbing to the sense of tripping controversies,aye,we do realize censorship committees the judgmental issue of age difference and there is… More
Anthony Lawrie
A beautiful realisation of love and desire from several peoples view points, this is a very touching (excuse the pun) film, although it may seem like the tale… More
Megan S
It was okay. I fell asleep watching it once and had to finish it a different day. It was sorta like a French "Lolita" without the sex, and much less… More