Leaving (Partir)
Leaving (Partir) (2010)

A riveting new drama by the prolific French filmmaker Catherine Corsini, LEAVING (PARTIR) stars Oscar-nominee Kristin Scott Thomas as a woman prepared to abandon everything in pursuit of passion. A success with critics and audiences alike… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 1, 2010
DVD Release Date: February 22, 2011
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Laden with melodramatic clichés, Leaving needed a talented star to succeed -- and Kristin Scott Thomas delivers the goods with another superb performance.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

If Leaving is a romantic parable, it is a dark and depressing one, emphasizing not the sensuality of attraction but rather the obsessive side of romantic behavior. This is mad love for sure, and that is not usually a pretty picture.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

If "Leaving" is a story of a broken marriage, what, exactly, went wrong?

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Matthew Turner

With a terrific central performance from Kristin Scott Thomas, Leaving is a thoroughly gripping emotional drama that plays like a sun-drenched film noir.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The only reason to see "Leaving'' - and it's not a bad reason at all - is for the sight of Kristin Scott Thomas in a rare happy mood.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

This is one of those films that depends entirely on its star, and Thomas mixes sexuality, giddy flirtatiousness, stoic determination and agony in just the right amounts, without ever straining.

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Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)

Leaving tells the kind of painful story -- of passion, betrayal, revenge -- we might read about every day in the papers, but it is the cool manner of its telling and an outstanding central performance by Kristin Scott Thomas that sharpen our interest.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

As Suzanne's stair-stepping recklessness leads ever downward, from secret rendezvous to public humiliations to thievery and worse, "Leaving" trades sympathy for surprise.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Thomas' face, tremulous with desire one second, steely with anger the next, holds the screen every second. But the actress deserves richer material.

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

This alternation between frenzy and calm is the key to Corsini's aesthetic, a strategy the director employs in order to both introduce a modest tension into her otherwise tired material.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Really good!! My take on what happens after the movie: Suzanne gets a good lawyer and recuperates in a mental hospital because she was raped and driven… More
Daniel Parsons
One of several European films I've seen this year that has what is essentially a very ordinary story but that is made with such conviction and power that I… More
Gordon Anderson
Unconvincing tale of infidelity from a 'middle-aged' female's perspective which has original elements but I didn't believe the women's… More
Daisy Maduro
Leaving, portrait the love triangle situation between husband, wife, and lover. Kristin Scott Thomas played the unhappy wife who wanted to feel alive again,… More
John Ballantine
I don't quite understand the hate that this film got from users and critics alike. Kristin Scott Thomas has landed in a number of French dramas and this is… More