Film socialisme
Film socialisme (2011)

Legendary director Jean-Luc Godard returns to the screen with Film Socialisme, a magisterial essay on the decline of European Civilization. As a garish cruise ship travels the Mediterranean (with Patti Smith among its guests), Godard… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 3, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 10, 2012
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

With its rich, layered storytelling, "Film Socialisme" is, in its broadest sense, about nothing less than the history, present and future of Western civilization, up to and including Internet videos of cats.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

This is Godard's most focused statement in years. Yet what he's saying is often leftist agitprop.

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Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes

I have to swallow my pride here and say that JLG lost me with Film Socialism.

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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

This isn't exactly a popcorn movie. I'm not sure it's even a movie, as much as an edgy art installation.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Those receptive to Godard's sense of humor will find "Film Socialisme" an elusive yet expansive provocation. Those less receptive will find it elusive, period.

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Andrea Picard
Cinema Scope

As he becomes increasingly removed from society but with a sharpened gaze, Godard's painting grows ever more pertinent, exquisite and moving...

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David Jenkins
Time Out

It makes a mockery of the star-rating system. How to judge a film on those terms when there's nothing to judge it against?

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This film is an affront. It is incoherent, maddening, deliberately opaque and heedless of the ways in which people watch movies.

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Michael Atkinson
In These Times

Like all of his films, Film Socialisme is a conversation Godard has with us: inconclusive, bristling with half-thoughts, jokes and sudden revelations.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
A frustrating, impenetrable film essay full of scenes that are either fragmented or dull, revolving around people on a cruise ship, a couple running for office… More
Robert Fearon
Coldly isolationist, random, and purposely impossible to follow.