Laurence Anyways
Laurence Anyways (2013)

Laurence, a French teacher and soon-to-be-published author, enjoys an intense and mutually loving relationship with his fiancée, Frédérique. But on the day after his 35th birthday, Laurence confesses to Fred that he longs to become a woman,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 28, 2013
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2013
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Passionate and powerfully acted, Laurence Anyways sometimes strains to achieve its narrative ambitions (and fill its three-hour running time), but ultimately succeeds.

David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

"Laurence Anyways" is a formidable display of French Canadian director Xavier Dolan's prodigious talents, but also a case study of a young talent still finding his way to greatness.He'll get there one day, soon, but this film doesn't quite do it.

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Los Angeles Times

At nearly three hours, it's by turns an extraordinary and exhausting work.

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Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald

Dolan's latest feature, the French language Laurence Anyways, proves this is a filmmaker able to breathe cinematic invention and beauty into every frame.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Lushly romantic and daringly original.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Poupaud's quiet moments convey a lofty, poignant introspection, and Clément erupts with grand, if scattershot, furies.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A stylish and immodest transgender melodrama.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

It's all too much, really, including its 21/2-hour-plus running time. But it's also engrossing, an ultimately tender story of a transsexual's transformation over 10 years and its effect on him and the people around him.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

At nearly three hours, it's entirely too long, needlessly padded out with an intrusive interview-framing device.

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Dan Jardine

Too much music. Too much colour. Too much movie. But a good movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Dolan's first misstep in his so far promising career, and it is true that he had shown before a penchant for over-stylization but now he seems to think he… More
Chihoe Ho
One of my favourites at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, "Laurence Anyways" is a gritty drama showcasing what it means to be… More
Walter M.
Even though "Laurence Anyways," is about the title character(Melvil Poupaud), a transgender teacher and poet, the movie is in reality not so much… More
Noah Nemeroff
'Laurence Anyways' (2013) this is writer and director Xavier Dolan's third movie to what I like to call his 'Impossible Love Trilogy',… More
John Ballantine
For someone to direct a film such as this at such a tender age is remarkable. Xavier Dolan has the potential to become one of the greatest Canadian directors of… More