Elles
Elles (2012)

A provocative exploration of female sexuality, Elles stars the fearless Juliette Binoche as Anne, a well-off Parisian journalist investigating the lives of two student prostitutes (Joanna Kulig and Anaïs Demoustier) for a magazine article.… More

Rated: NC-17
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 11, 2012
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Critic Score: 21% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

This Paris-based film from Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska is a fairly unengaging journalism procedural shellacked with a veneer of elliptical, complicated symbolism.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Binoche is the disappointment. More than half the problem is that the script, co-written by the director, gives her little to do but fret and mope.

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Richard Haridy
Quickflix

Elles is undeniably challenging, courageously delving into some immensely messy issues surrounding sexuality and the ways men and women barter in relationships.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Writer-director Malgorzata Szumowska breaks past the facile moralizing only once.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

One of her (Binoche's) lesser choices.

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Jim Schembri
3AW

Polish director Małgorzata Szumowska deserves some sort of award for making such a potentially spell-binding topic so flat.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

"Elles" has a surprisingly deep performance in a disappointingly shallow movie.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Both provocative and muddled, the film's a moody, passive-aggressive tract that's buoyed by superior performances and sunk by its own uncertainties.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

I can't tell what Elles has to say and I rather think the filmmakers don't either

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Flixster Audience Score: 28% Flixster User Reviews
William Dunmyer
"Elles" is a French film made by a relatively young Polish-born filmmaker (Malgoska Szumowska) whom I've never heard of until now. I'm… More
The Movie Waffler
Elle columnist Binoche questions her bourgeois existence while researching an article on students who turn to prostitution. It seems that almost every French… More
Walter M.
In "Elles," Anne(Juliette Binoche) is a journalist who works out of her home that she shares with her husband and two sons. Her latest assignment is… More
Mark Abell
A journalist, Anne (Juliette Binoche) in the course of interviewing two young women, students at a Paris University, about their working as call girls for an… More