Seraphine Reviews

  • Moreau is bewitching -- she simply breathes her role, without a hint of vanity.

    Adam Markovitz — Entertainment Weekly

  • The energies of Seraphine are devoted to examining the alchemy by which perception is transformed into vision.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Seraphine is a deceptively subtle tale.

    Jason Solomons — Guardian [UK]

  • A measured, soulful and tactile work; a film with gouache beneath its fingernails.

    Xan Brooks — Guardian [UK]

  • To look at the almost religious ecstasy on Moreau's face is to feel the artist's passion and be inspired by it.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • Seraphine may be one of the spookiest, most unsettling films ever made about the hazy line between art and madness. That's a theme the movies have done to death, yet it finds new life in the title performance by Yolande Moreau.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Lyrical but bracing.

    Ella Taylor — Village Voice

  • Seraphine is one of the most evocative films about an artist I've ever seen -- and in its treatment of madness one of the least condescending.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • Seraphine arrives from France as the year's most honored film, winner of seven Cesars from the French Academy, including best film and best actress.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Provost and cowriter Marc Abdelnour explore the mutable boundaries between spirituality, naivete, genius, and madness, showing how the two outsiders and polar opposites cultivated a mutual understanding.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • The character's fleeting success in the art world, her moody naivete and childlike reverence for both the natural and religious worlds, is conveyed with such tenderness and totality that it's almost heartbreaking to behold.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • What makes this slow, intense film so compelling is its persuasive creation of complex characters: You scarcely believe Moreau is an actor and that the film isn't, on some level, archival footage of the real painter.

    Richard Nilsen — Arizona Republic

  • The film is a commendably worthy endeavor, and I am almost ashamed that my ingrained hedonistic attitude toward movies prevents me from recommending Seraphine more enthusiastically.

    Andrew Sarris — New York Observer

  • A naive, between-the-wars French painter is brought to vivid life in the satisfying fact-inspired drama Seraphine.

    Eddie Cockrell — Variety

  • French filmmaker Martin Provost's fictionalized biopic Seraphine introduces the painter to generations that never knew her.

    V.A. Musetto — New York Post

  • Yolande Moreau plays the industrious but touched washerwoman-turned-painter Seraphine de Senlis with an open-faced conviction that is almost unnerving in its intensity.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • Director Martin Provost has brought the true story of Seraphine de Senlis to to the screen with elegant simplicity. A gorgeous film to watch, thanks to cinematographer Laurent Brunet, the pastoral settings are especially satisfying.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • Relies heavily on Moreau's gripping, continually surprising performance to effectively convey the oracular urgency and fractured, Dionysian mentality of Seraphine de Senlis and her work.

    Leo Goldsmith — indieWIRE

  • Yolande Moreau is a revelation in the title role; a part she plays without vanity and sneaking humour.

    Stephen Cole — Globe and Mail

  • The characterization is deft, the acting is superb, and the production values are high. If there's a dryness to the way the story is told, that's because director Martin Provost has shifted his focus toward intellectual, not emotional, satisfaction.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

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