Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life
Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2011)

Comic book artist Joann Sfar interprets the life of '60s pop star Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino),1921-1991, beginning with his childhood years in Nazi-occupied Paris, through his early years as a painter and jazz musician (brushing… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 31, 2011
DVD Release Date: March 20, 2012
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It might be thinly written and messily made, but Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is also appropriately glamorous and intense -- and powerfully led by a gripping performance from Erik Elmosnino.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It's a comic-strip version of one man's life and times, but it's tres cool.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

French pop star Serge Gainsbourg was as much iconoclast as icon, so it's fitting that this fanciful biopic is both affectionate and irreverent.

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Anne Billson
The Arts Desk

Sfar is helped no end by an astonishing performance from Eric Elmosnino, who also performs many of the songs on the soundtrack.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

While the movie's on a roll, it's zesty, engaging and frisky.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Alas, "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life" loses steam and grows more perfunctory as it wears on.

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Ginette Vincendeau
Sight and Sound

In conjoining Jewish heritage and classic French chanson, Gainsbourg celebrates the hybridity of contemporary French culture, while its combination of realist narrative and poetic animation make it both a touching biopic and an inspired musical.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

In short, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a charmer.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It's the story of a genius with no moral sense and no interests beyond sensuality. The catchy, insinuating music can only carry you so far.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

I love it when a film surprises me, and "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life" won me over in the very beginning and held me for the full 122 minutes because of its quirky passion and intelligence.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
This charming biopic about Serge Gainsbourg is definitely not special, and I really don't know what is so heroic about him, but it is a delight to see how… More
Dean McKenna
Very interesting untold true story of famous French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg as well as this is based on the graphic novel by the French… More
Greg S
Slightly surrealistic biopic covering the life of a French folk/rock icon, the hard-drinking, hard-smoking Lothario Serge Gainsbourg, with a scary puppet… More
William Sleet
'Gainsbourg', in bio-pic terms, is maybe somewhat of a missed opportunity - despite its bio-friendly length, not much about the man is delved into too… More
Conner Rainwater
I could care less about the life of Gainsbourg and this movie really didn't change my mind. It mainly just follows the exact same formula of The Doors, but… More
Walter M.
Before there was a Serge Gainsbourg(Eric Elmosnino), there was a Lucien Ginsburg(Kacey Mottet Klein), who as a child during the Nazi occupation of France, shows… More