Reviews: Rust and Bone (2012)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: I personaggi dei film di Jacques Audiard sono sempre colti con le spalle al muro, nel momento in cui il destino ha deciso di abbandonarli a se stessi. Ed e’ proprio in quel momento che scoprono di avere risorse insperate, talenti nascosti o non coltivati, capacita’ di sopravvivenza e coraggio fuori dal normale.
  • Luke Bonanno @
    • Excerpt: It’s thoughtful, strange, and all over the place in terms of structure and story. One minute you think you’ve got it figured out, and the next you realize your grip was tenuous at best.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: A tightly-managed film that explores the instinct to survive and fight with intelligence.
  • Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor
  • Jesse Cataldo @ Slant Magazine
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: director Jacques Audiard continues his fascination with men who operate in the shady ends of society and the handicapped women who help pull them back from the brink.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Rust and Bone concerns the relationship between a wholly unsympathetic man and a woman whose strange attachment to him does not garner much sympathy for her, either.
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
    • Excerpt: But where it falters is the latter half of the story (written and directed by notable filmmaker Jacques Audiard of the Beat That My Heart Skipped fame), and the evolution (or lack thereof) of its protagonist and reluctantly drawn heroine.
  • Kimberly Gadette @ doddle
    • Excerpt: While it’s a redemptive love story between two broken people, the film’s beauty lies is in its lack of overblown sentimentality. There is a spare, hard mien to these characters that intrigues & pulls us in.
  • Panagiotis Gkaris @ Movies Ltd
    • Excerpt: I can’t expect anything less than an Oscar nom for Marion, who should really be pickier in choosing her Hollywood based roles, or at least stick to what she knows best: acting in most transformative sense of the word.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: The rather depressingly realistic approach to adult relationships is, perhaps ironically, the best reason to see this hard-edged drama…
  • Danny King @ The King Bulletin
    • Excerpt: What’s amazing about ‘Rust and Bone’ is the interaction between Ali and Stéphanie, and the way Audiard balances the emotional extremes of the story.
  • Piers Marchant @ Sweet Smell of Success
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: Like Read My Lips and A Prophet, there is nothing especially new here in terms of the film’s plot, which is instead somewhat derivative. However, where the film excels is in Audiard’s ability to give potentially tired material a breath of fresh air.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Two great performances can’t save this mess of a film.
  • Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Closing film on the Lisbon French Film Festival 2012.
  • James Plath @ Movie Metropolis
    • Excerpt: Audiard crafts a film with logical scenic construction yet surprising turns of events, with the drama never devolving into melodrama.
  • [New – 3/21] | Tiago Ramos @ Split Screen [Portuguese]
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Audiard packs a lot of story into the two-hour running time of “Rust and Bone”. That most of that story is built on character moments, on small scenes of people being together and interacting, rather than on A-B-C mechanics of plot, is extraordinary.
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: I never believed what these characters supposedly saw in each other. Much of their relationship is meant to be shocking, I think, but rather, it comes across as boring and gimmick-y.

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