Portrait of a Lady on Fire

critic Reviews

98% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score98%
  • A singularly rich period piece, Portrait of a Lady on Fire finds stirring, thought-provoking drama within a powerfully acted romance.
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    Luke ParkerVoiceBoxOffice
    A stirring romantic saga. It effortlessly blends the lives of a painter and her subject as if they were two colors on a palette.
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    Al AlexanderThe Patriot Ledger
    It's so beautiful you might want to see the movie twice, once for the wrenching story, and a second to bask in the most alluring visual experiences you'll likely encounter in a theater.
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    Ian Thomas MaloneIan Thomas Malone
    Portrait of a Lady on Fire perfectly demonstrates how to depict gay love in a period setting without caving to broader societal expectations.
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    Roger MooreMovie Nation
    A lovely character study in a lovely setting, even if the romance rarely achieves the urgency or heat to truly animate this "portrait."
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    Sara Michelle FettersMovieFreak.com
    Sciamma has crafted a divine heartbreaker that only grows in prestige and power the more I keep pondering its many interior convolutions.
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    Asher LubertoWillamette Week
    Using light, framing and texture the same way a Rococo painter would in 1770, Sciamma has crafted a world that demands to be seen and felt.
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    Amy NicholsonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    A very regal romance... I think this film is fine and nice. It's very handsome.
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    Ann HornadayWashington Post
    True to its title, "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" generates more than its share of heat, even if it never truly becomes an engulfing flame.
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    Scott TobiasThe Ringer
    With Portrait of a Lady on Fire, French filmmaker Céline Sciamma is now four films into an already impressive career, and on the verge of a breakthrough...
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    Norman WilnerNOW Toronto
    What a sumptuous, splendid, devastating film. Please don't miss the chance to see it in a theatre.
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