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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    Christy LemireBreakfast All Day
    It is one of the most one of the most gorgeous films you will ever see in your life. Every single frame of it is like a picture that you want to hang in your home and it is just devastatingly romantic and sad and sexy and beautiful.
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    Chris HewittMinneapolis Star Tribune
    It's a masterpiece.
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    Moira MacDonaldSeattle Times
    You've never seen another movie quite like this. In its quiet gaze, love becomes art.
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    Michael PhillipsChicago Tribune
    The sheer beauty of the storytelling would be remarkable even if the performances, which are both period-apt and urgently contemporary, weren't just as remarkable.
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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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    Margot HarrisonSeven Days
    Sciamma's film is the very definition of slow burn, but when it catches, it sets the audience on fire, too.
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    Tom DugginsCineVue
    With Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Céline Sciamma has crafted a romance which swaps cliche and sentimentality for poignant questions about the nature of image-making and the attempt to capture a memory.
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    Ryan GilbeyNew Statesman
    The film is at its strongest when [Céline] Sciamma challenges the conventional dynamic between sitter and artist, observed and observer, asking where one ends and the other begins.
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    Christopher Llewellyn ReedFilm Festival Today
    It burns, but in the best possible way.
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