The Widow of Saint-Pierre (The Widow of St. Pierre) (La veuve de Saint-Pierre) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Widow of Saint-Pierre (The Widow of St. Pierre) (La veuve de Saint-Pierre) Reviews

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March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 20, 2001
A work of art that immerses you in a time and place so completely that it could be a documentary.
April 13, 2001
Sad and beautiful.
April 13, 2001
A compelling French Canadian drama.
April 6, 2001
The film seems to be saying, though, that the taking of a life -- whether by murderers or by the state -- is only possible when we refuse to recognize the humanity in others. And this is a message we all need to hear.
April 6, 2001
Issues of life and death, love and friendship play out delicately and powerfully.
April 5, 2001
Richly rewarding and powerfully argued.
April 5, 2001
Rides a romantic spirit that would have fit splendidly in a classic Hollywood production.
April 5, 2001
Leconte lets The Widow of St. Pierre resonate in ways that transcend its black-and-white scenario.
April 2, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 30, 2001
Devastatingly tragic.
March 30, 2001
A grand, dark, grave, severe piece of first-rate cinema.
March 30, 2001
A great cinema original, brilliantly directed and written ... and acted to perfection.
March 30, 2001
A beautiful and haunting film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 20, 2001
It's a relief to see Leconte leaning more toward Dostoyevsky than Dior for a change.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 16, 2001
Binoche gets a chance to demonstrate her on-screen radiance with subtlety and amplitude.
March 12, 2001
Rendered with impeccable beauty and dramatic precision.
March 12, 2001
Hypnotic and haunting -- that rare period piece that resonates with provocative life.
March 9, 2001
Faraldo's most engrossing and inventive script, alternately serious and comic, is beautifully realized by Binoche, Auteuil and Kusturica.
March 8, 2001
Accomplished, middlebrow costume-drama entertainment.
March 8, 2001
The promise of its beautiful opening is beautifully kept.
March 2, 2001
It's not badly made, but it's a drag.
March 2, 2001
Leconte is turning hackneyed devices inside out -- and getting wonderful performances out of his actors.
March 2, 2001
Leconte seems at last to have anchored his cinematic gifts to a story worth caring about.
March 2, 2001
Questions capital punishment with subtlety and wit, in a way that speaks directly to contemporary audiences.
March 2, 2001
Leconte and screenwriter Claude Faraldo beat you over the head until the closing credits.
March 1, 2001
Granted, a heavy period drama about an impending execution doesn't sound like your typical date movie. But it doesn't get much more romantic than this.
March 1, 2001
Patrice Leconte offers a profound study of sincerity and hypocrisy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 1, 2001
Melds cushy, humanist-to-the-bone politics with a captivating, if somewhat discordant, cast.
February 26, 2001
An occasionally powerful and often thought provoking period piece that is characterized by strong acting and an effective visual style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 7, 2001
Leconte creates a seductive other world, a screen rarity indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5