Céline et Julie Vont en Bateau (Celine and Julie Go Boating)
Céline et Julie Vont en Bateau (Celine and Julie Go Boating) (1974)

A story about story-telling, Jacques Rivette's self-referential classic centers on the fanciful world of two women literally lost in the stories they tell each other. Celine (Juliet Berto) and Julie (Dominique Labourier) go from sharing… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 1, 1974
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

The loosely guided performances are often slack, and the thin depiction of daily life lessens the power of fantasy, yet Rivette's fretful view of the dangers of stories is, in effect, a self-portrait as a cinephile on the verge of hallucination.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Jacques Rivette's 193-minute comic feminist extravaganza is as scary and unsettling in its narrative high jinks as it is exhilarating in its uninhibited slapstick.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

one of the seminal films of the French New Wave...delightful

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David Fear
Time Out

Jacques Rivette's free-form dissertation on the interzone between performance and spectatorship is the ideal filmgoing experience, even as the 'story' transcends all long-standing rules of narrative engagement.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

A pleasant folly.

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Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

If cinema can indeed "think," Jacques Rivette's Céline and Julie is an epistemological treatise.

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Variety Staff

An over indulged, overlong film that has some gem-like moments but also repetitiveness and preciosity.

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Nora Sayre
New York Times

When this movie sags, it becomes a series of skits, but the best parts do achieve the spontaneity and impudent freshness that this director relishes.

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Andrew Pulver

Dialogue is minimal and events, such as they are, are propelled by a whimsicality characteristic of its era.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
a mindfuck of lynchian proportions. and absolutely charming. thx s..
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Celine and Julie Go Boating" is a surreal movie directed by Jacques Rivette about two friends, Celine(Juliet Berto), a stage… More
Stephen M
Céline, a flamboyant <I>magicienne</I>, and Julie, a librarian with an interest in the occult, stumble into a perpetually recurring murder-mystery… More
Emily B.
Watching 'Celine and Julie Go Boating' may well have been the most bizarre, wonderful and memorable three hours of my life.
Eric Broome
Sort of a cross between "Alice in Wonderland" and "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," "C&eacute;line and Julie Go… More