Coco Before Chanel
Coco Before Chanel (2009)

Amélie and The Da Vinci Code star Audrey Tautou stars as legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel in this biopic penned by director Anne Fontaine and screenwriter Camille Fontaine in collaboration with Christopher Hampton. Based on the Chanel… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 25, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 16, 2010
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it doesn't quite capture the complexity of its subject's life, Coco Avant Chanel remains a fascinating, appropriately lovely tribute.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A movie that is tres chic even if it sometimes resembles those corsets Coco banished, a little stiff and confining.

Christy Lemire
Associated Press

Coco Before Chanel only starts to get interesting when she asserts her creative and financial freedom -- and that's right when the movie's about to end.

Jeffrey Edalatpour
KQED (San Francisco)

As Coco Chanel, Tautou is as rigid and humorless as a corset, unable to breathe life into the character.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The thread connecting the ambitious girl to the acclaimed woman is enough to make us wish for a sequel titled Chanel No. 2.

Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

We are used to seeing Tautou play the sweetheart. Here, she's anything but. Constantly smoking, dour, unsmiling, critical, she plays a character difficult to warm to but fascinating to watch.

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Joanna Hunkin
New Zealand Herald

Tautou's performance as the prickly upstart is excellent, if not terribly likeable.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The film is unfailingly funny.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Although technically a biopic based on a nonfiction book by Edmonde Charles-Roux, Coco Before Chanel plays more like an engrossing, classy period piece.

Jon Frosch
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

The movie leaves you with the depressing feeling that not everyone deserves a biopic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
The plot is too conventional and feels somehow incomplete when it comes to showing what was exactly so special about the character that propelled her into… More
Jennifer D
I was very intrigued at the idea of watching this, first of all, I love Audrey Tautou. Second I love that period. Thirdly, I do love the sharp simplicity of… More
Spencer S.
Another biopic of the fashion template Coco Chanel, this French language film romanticizes the life of a woman who favored simplicity in her style, leading to a… More
Jim Hunter
The lovely, charming Audrey Tautou has graduated into a full-blown, versatile actress. This is a film that challenges her to move beyond the mannerisms and… More
Nicki Marie
Beautifully shot and a good introduction into the early years of Coco Chanel. I have to admit I knew nothing at all about her. Audrey Tautou suits the role so… More
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda
Coco Chanel is definitely one of the most important female figures to come out of France in recent years but, honestly, her life before founding fashion house… More