Claire's Knee (Le genou de Claire)
Claire's Knee (Le genou de Claire) (1971)

The fifth of Eric Rohmer's "Six Moral Tales," Claire's Knee is a deliciously Rohmeresque story of sexual obsession. French diplomat Jerome (Jean-Claude Brialy), on a resort vacation, meets Claire (Laurence De Monaghan),… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 21, 1971
DVD Release Date: March 31, 1998
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

The film was rapturously received as a cinematic equivalent to Jane Austen at the time of its original release.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The penultimate entry in Eric Rohmer's series of Six Moral Tales, and the loveliest, most crystalline of the lot.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Rohmer's playful work is both witty and observant.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Claire's Knee is a movie for people who still read good novels, care about good films, and think occasionally.

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Fernando F. Croce

A constellation of flirtations, glances, smiles and fibs pulled together by Rohmer with an exquisite Lubitsch deadpan, his camera as warm as sunlight and cutting like a scalpel

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Despite their constant chatter, the characters come alive without seeming too intellectual or too removed.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Comes very close to being a perfect movie of its kind.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] As much a French cultural touchstone as a charming and nuanced picture of desire "Claire's Knee" is Eric Rohmer's best-known film.

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TV Guide

One of Rohmer's greatest expressions of male-female relationships.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Steven Carrier
Eric Rohmer. I get it, I like his sensibilities, and I think he is an important filmmaker. But "Claire's Knee" is just grueling for me. I found… More
Megan S
It was okay. I fell asleep watching it once and had to finish it a different day. It was sorta like a French "Lolita" without the sex, and much less… More
Dimitris Springer
Extremely poetic,disturbing to the sense of tripping controversies,aye,we do realize censorship committees the judgmental issue of age difference and there is… More