Portrait of a Lady on Fire

critic Reviews

97% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score97%
  • 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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    Tony Macklintonymacklin.net
    Portrait of a Lady on Fire expands the art of film.
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    James MottramSouth China Morning Post
    Anyone who has ever felt burning passion for another person will relate to and fall for this spine-tingling work.
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    Rich ClineShadows on the Wall
    This is a rare film that takes the breath away with moments of transcendent beauty.
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    Matt OakesSilver Screen Riot
    Try to watch and not feel a bit on fire yourself.
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    Peter RainerChristian Science Monitor
    This is a film I admired more than I liked... I just found the film to be too hyper-staged and too artfully constructed to make an emotional connection.
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    Claudia PuigFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's a visual masterpiece... The cinematography by Claire Mathon is stunning [and] the acting is wonderful.
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    Sara ClementsThrillist
    It's a period drama of burning intensity that brilliantly captures the collaboration of creator and muse through its gaze. Sciamma delivers a bittersweet, subversive, and honest depiction of lesbian love of the highest caliber.
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    Annlee EllingsonL.A. Biz
    As steamy and sumptuous as its setting is cold and remote, Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a love story born out of the act of looking -- and of being seen.
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    Jaime DavisMoviejawn
    The connection between Merlant and Haenel is just electric - the way they look at each other? Damn. "Get you a person who looks at you the way Haenel looks at Merlant" is a meme I'm gonna make.
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    Jenni MillerBust Magazine
    An exquisite period piece about love between headstrong women, with a large dollop of art theory to boot.
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