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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    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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    Emma BatyCosmopolitan
    This movie is ripe for Valentine's Day viewing.
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    Andy CrumpThe Week
    Witnessing the act of artistic creation lets the film's audience appreciate the connection between love, desire, and especially memory.
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    Diane CarsonKDHX (St. Louis)
    A haunting examination of love and the restrictions imposed on women by eighteenth-century French society.
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    Thelma AdamsAARP Movies for Grownups
    With minimal dialogue from the Cannes Film Festival award-winning screenwriter Céline Sciamma and the gilded, perfectly composed imagery from cinematographer Claire Mathon, the movie presents a feast for the eye and a salve for the heart.
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