The romance that claimed the Palme d'Or is also a hit with critics.
"I know that it would be nice to have some drama," Steven Spielberg said at the press conference with his fellow jurors at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday. However, according to the jury's esteemed president, nobody "bumped heads about the films were privileged to see here."
The festival's leanest section, Critics' Week, programs first and second films from emerging directors. This year offered a strong panorama of titles by young filmmakers that were quite different from the films in Official Selection.
The first sex scene in "Blue Is the Warmest Color," Abdellatif Kechiche's French coming-of-age drama about a young lesbian couple, lasts longer than any other sequence in the movie. To dwell on its length, however, shortchanges its relevance to this three-hour-long feature.
With 'Nebraska,' Has Alexander Payne Gone Soft?
The first project that the filmmaker didn't write himself, "Nebraska" lacks the vulgar edge typically at the center of his scenarios. It's a sad, thoughtful depiction of midwestern eccentrics regretting the past and growing bored of the present, ideas that Payne regards with gentle humor and pathos but also something of a shrug.
Unfortunately, by re-teaming with Refn for the far less inventive genre exercise "Only God Forgives," Gosling has tumbled into the exact trappings that "Drive" smartly assailed.
James Gray's Marion Cotillard-Starring Period Drama 'The Immigrant' Is the Most Divisive Film in Cannes Competition
Gray's fifth directorial effort is a conflicting experience admirable and powerfully executed in parts, cold and meandering in others.
James Franco's Ambitious Directorial Effort 'As I Lay Dying' is Dragged Down by Franco's Own Performance
The actors are generally surprisingly solid, with one conspicuous exception: Franco himself, who might have been too busy on set to concentrate on his work as an actor and/or to direct himself properly.
Robert Redford's Strangest Role of His Career Is In J.C. Chandor's 'All Is Lost'
While simplistic to describe, however, the movie is an impressively realized work of minimalist storytelling that foregrounds Redford's physicality more than any other role in his celebrated career. His performance defines the movie to an almost shockingly experimental degree.
Martian Zombies and Liev Schreiber Can't Quite Salvage 'Last Days on Mars'
Despite its impressive visuals and a solid first act, 'Last Days on Mars' devolves into a stupid and uninspired zombie flick that ruin's the movie's initial promise.
'Behind the Candelabra' is Steven Soderbergh's Glamorous, Garish and Great Goodbye (For Now)
"Behind the Candelabra," which premiered at Cannes today before heading to HBO on Sunday, May 26th at 9pm, is Steven Soderbergh's virtuoso swan song to filmmaking (at least for now), his final feature before stopping to focus on his painting.
After his epic 1985 Holocaust documentary "Shoah," filmmaker Claude Lanzmann shows that he is still very much capable of mining engrossing material about the atrocity, with his latest "The Last of the Unjust" covering the Czech ghetto Therienstadt.
Killer Dance Movies and Crime In Simple, Formulaic 'Grisgris'
The movie has a lot less on its mind and makes no drastic attempts to overreach. A straightforward tale of overcoming personal and professional challenges with no fancy dressing, "Grigris" goes down easy but offers nothing remotely fresh.
Suicide and Sexual Abuse Abound in Claire Denis' Frustratingly Muddled 'Bastards'
Despite a strong cast and shadowy mysteries that deepen the plot, "The Bastards" creates the sour impression of a half-formed work.
Family Problems Dominate In Clio Barnard's 'The Selfish Giant' And Kore-eda's 'Like Father Like Son,' But 'Borgman' Makes Them Scary
Movies for families tend to embrace the value of sticking together. However, movies about families -- at least those with a certain amount of gall -- assail that very same principle.
Why 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Isn't the Minor Coen Bros. Movie It Looks Like
The Coen Brothers surprised and impressed with "Inside Llewyn Davis," their 1960's-set tale of a fledgling folk musician thanks to a revelatory performance by Oscar Isaac in the title role as well as a catchy score by T. Bone Burnett.
'The Dance of Reality,' Alejandro Jodorowsky's First Film in 23 years, is a Return to Form
Legendary cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky returns to the filmmaking scene after over two decades without losing any of his brazenly surreal panache.
Roman Polanski's Rarely Seen Formula 1 Racing Doc 'Weekend of a Champion' Is Restored and Updated at Cannes
Rarely screened around the world, "Weekend of a Champion" was praised by racing enthusiasts but otherwise remained a near-mythological sidenote to the more significant credits Polanski accrued during that major period of his career.
Teens Living Dangerously in Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" and Francois Ozon's "Young and Beautiful"
Arriving on the heels of his Oscar-winning 2011 drama "A Separation," "The Past" sees Iranian director Asghar Farhadi leaving his native country for France, while still maintaining his steadfast devotion to his characters' emotions.