Coco Before Chanel
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Amélie and The Da Vinci Code star Audrey Tautou stars as legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel in this biopic penned by director Anne Fontaine and screenwriter Camille Fontaine in collaboration with Christopher Hampton. Based on the Chanel biography L'Irrégulière (The Nonconformist) by author Edmonde Charles-Roux, Coco Avant Chanel features dresses from the Chanel collection. House of Chanel art director Karl Lagerfeld also steps onboard to supervise the creation of accessories and costumes. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A movie that is tres chic even if it sometimes resembles those corsets Coco banished, a little stiff and confining."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Coco Before Chanel only starts to get interesting when she asserts her creative and financial freedom -- and that's right when the movie's about to end."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"The movie leaves you with the depressing feeling that not everyone deserves a biopic."
‑ Jon Frosch, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
"Less an evolution of the most famous fashionista of the last century, and more an exploration of how an influential figure found love while finding her calling."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"... handsome but not particularly enlightening."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"The thread connecting the ambitious girl to the acclaimed woman is enough to make us wish for a sequel titled Chanel No. 2."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"We are used to seeing Tautou play the sweetheart. Here, she's anything but. Constantly smoking, dour, unsmiling, critical, she plays a character difficult to warm to but fascinating to watch."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Fashion biopic is OK for teens; more style than substance."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"If Chanel's early years were really this boring, why bother with them?"
‑ Peter Canavese, Palo Alto Weekly
"Traces the troubled life of the famed clothing designer noted for an unstoppable drive to smash gender and garment ceilings alike."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"The film is unfailingly funny."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Although technically a biopic based on a nonfiction book by Edmonde Charles-Roux, Coco Before Chanel plays more like an engrossing, classy period piece."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"full review at Movies for the Masses"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"An interesting, but slow, look at the life of the legendary Chanel before she became famous."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"It begs the question of why such a painstaking effort would be taken to re-create a life that could not seem less dramatic to the woman who's living it."
‑ William Goss, Orlando Weekly
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