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: June 29, 2012
DVD 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.

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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