Bluebeard (2010)

Controversial filmmaker Catherine Breillat puts a new spin on an ancient story in this multileveled drama. In France in the mid-'50s, Catherine (Marilou Lopes-Benites) enjoys toying with her older sister, Marie-Anne (Lola Giovannetti),… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 26, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 22, 2010
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Fear
Time Out

Breillat has produced her funniest and most immediately pleasurable film to date.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

A movie that has all the when-will-he-draw-the-scimitar suspense of Friday the 13th as made by Robert Bresson. In other words, none at all.

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Lisa Rosman

I'm starting to think that even mediocre contemporary French films, with their myriad question marks, outstrip most American fare -- and Catherine Breillat's Bluebeard is hardly mediocre, though it is modest in scale.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

A simple device, the parallel structure freshens and enlarges the familiar story precisely because Breillat doesn't put too much weight on it.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

All fairy tales have morals and the one in Ms. Breillat's Bluebeard is brutal, suitably bloody and, like all good retellings, both similar to and different from earlier iterations.

Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard

Breillat's ideas owes much to Angela Carter, yet The Bloody Chamber author would surely be depressed by the lack of dynamism on display.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Those looking for a re-interpretation of a classic fairytale will certainly find it in Bluebeard. They just won't find a very good one.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Bluebeard revisits themes often found in Breillat's films -- sibling rivalry, pedophilia, gender conflict -- but it remains fresh and new.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Murky and cold, this retelling of the fairy tale has an effectively grim tone that cleverly plays with our expectations while examining some provocative themes. But it's not very engaging.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
An aristocrat with a blue beard marries young girls, who always wind up dead. There are a few startling images near the end that pop out because the rest of… More
Tom S.
I really like the little girl reading the story, could have done with out the community theateresque medieval costumes.
Walter M.
In "Bluebeard," two young girls, Catherine(Marilou Lopes-Benites) and Marie-Anne(Lola Giovannetti), wander into an attic that they have not been… More
Mark Abell
A strangely disjointed tale, based on the Bluebeard fairy tale, told as a cautionary tale that leaves the viewer feeling somehow short-changed. One questions… More