The Pornographer
The Pornographer (2001)

A man who traded in his artistic ambitions for commercial success now finds himself at a personal and professional impasse in this drama. Jacques (Jean-Pierre Leaud) is a filmmaker who in the 1970s directed a number of top-grossing porno… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 7, 2005
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

Bertrand Bonello's grimly histrionic, richly symbolic, yet somewhat on-the-nose melodrama, from 2001, which looks at the human wreckage left by the burst illusions of France's generation of May, 1968.

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Scott Weinberg

You wouldn't want to spend a mere 15 minutes with porn filmmaker Jacques Laurent ... and The Pornographer runs 106.

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Linda Ruth Williams
Sight and Sound

I spent the first 30 minutes or so genuinely unsure about whether this film thought itself funny, willing it to favour knowing self-mockery, disappointed but not surprised when it plumped for high pretentiousness.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

The Pornographer does to its theme precisely what pornography does to sex -- it isolates specific parts while ignoring the bigger picture and the larger meaning.

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Christopher Null

not just a study of how porn has degenerated from adult-oriented love stories to rank perversion, it's also a film about how the movies themselves have changed

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Kim Linekin

The theme of silent passivity runs throughout the film, so Bonello must have wanted to make some kind of statement with it. The effect is merely alienating.

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Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

The scenes in which the porno films are being made stand out, but with a 108 minute sit and an awkward narrative it isn't even salvaged by calling it French cinema.

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Rich Cline
Film Threat

Only fans of the most pretentious, dull French cinema will even remotely like this film.

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Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

The film seems to be intent on the subversion of what most people consider obscene or shocking. By all means, if you are most people, have a look. All others should catch a nap.

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
An aged pornographer returns to the industry after a twenty-year hiatus while he attempts to reconnect with this estranged son and breaks up with his wife.… More
Walter M.
In "The Pornographer," Jacques Laurent(Jean-Pierre Leaud) is a legendary pornography director, who suddenly stops with one fantasy left on the table,… More
John Ballantine
A fascinating depiction of a man's regret when forced to re-enter a career that he gave up many years earlier. The pornography is merely the side story.… More