Laurence Anyways
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""Laurence Anyways" is a formidable display of French Canadian director Xavier Dolan's prodigious talents, but also a case study of a young talent still finding his way to greatness.He'll get there one day, soon, but this film doesn't quite do it."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"At nearly three hours, it's by turns an extraordinary and exhausting work."
‑ , Los Angeles Times
"Too much music. Too much colour. Too much movie. But a good movie."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Drenching melodrama, reckless, ravishing. Dolan's style, to some, may seem overheated, flamboyant, baroque, immature, indulgent, extravagant, but it is what it is and what it is, at his keenest moments, is fabulous."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"For every sublime moment the movie has to offer, there's a cinematic dead zone of indulgence that wipes it away, generating a frustrating, occasionally intolerable sit."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Lushly romantic and daringly original."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Poupaud's quiet moments convey a lofty, poignant introspection, and Clément erupts with grand, if scattershot, furies."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Suzanne Clement gives one of those legendary, no-holds-barred performances that announces the arrival of a sensational new screen presence."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"It's bold, brash, and frequently successful, but also repetitive and ultimately arduous. There simply isn't enough story here to justify the inflated running time and, for many, Laurence Anyways will wear out its welcome."
‑ Richard Haridy, Quickflix
"Rarely have such issues been explored on screen with such intimacy and complexity, even if some of the quirky details in Dolan's epic feels more unfocused than profound."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"It's all too much, really, including its 21/2-hour-plus running time. But it's also engrossing, an ultimately tender story of a transsexual's transformation over 10 years and its effect on him and the people around him."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"At nearly three hours, it's entirely too long, needlessly padded out with an intrusive interview-framing device."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"...a symphony of sound and image, an epic account of a dynamic and complicated relationship, and one of the most powerful and affecting love stories I've seen on film in quite some time."
‑ Landon Palmer, Film School Rejects
"It's far longer than it needs to be. But it's still an absorbing chronicle of a romance in which one partner happens to be transsexual."
‑ Margot Harrison, Seven Days
"Laurence Anyways has the feel of a personal project that got away from Dolan, full of raw, rough-edged drama in desperate need of discipline and refinement."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
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