After serving a lengthy prison sentence, a woman (Kristin Scott Thomas) tries to rebuild her relationship with her estranged sister (Elsa Zylberstein).
" [An] exquisitely rendered story of reconciliation and redemption, which has something of a thriller's structure but is really all about relationships. "
" [Kristin Scott Thomas] keeps a tight rein on her melodramatic instincts throughout. Then, at precisely the right moment, the character's delayed release becomes the audience's gratification. "
" [The] final twist undoes the film to some degree, [but] it cannot undo Scott Thomas's performance, one of the marvels of this, or any, cinematic year. "
" An uneven new French film that plays like a companion piece to the recent British drama Boy A. "
" Despite its flaws, the movie pulls you in with its squarely realistic setting and subdued performances. Best of all is Thomas. "
" I've Loved You So Long is about the repercussions of tragedy, the difficulty of being supportive, the need for patience in the face of despair. Without saying much, Scott Thomas carries the entire enterprise on her slender shoulders. "
" In a few moments the British actress, playing a haunted woman named Juliette, will begin speaking French, but in these moments her face reveals more than any dialogue. "
" In a profession that routinely casts aside leading ladies when they hit 40, it's a shame a great one had to take her act to France to remind us that actors, like wines, only improve with age. "
" Kristin Scott Thomas gives a performance that is so chilling, so braced in pain that it's almost impossible to bear. Almost impossible, because, in fact, it's impossible not to behold this riveting piece of role immersion. "
" Kristin Scott Thomas' performance in I've Loved You So Long is one of a small handful of highlights by which people will remember this year in movies. "
" Like a good book, I've Loved You So Long unfolds in chapters. And when it ends, you close the cover with emotion and reluctance. "
" This is a thriller, though, in the sense that it is a thrill to watch Scott-Thomas give one of the finest performances of the year. "
" Thomas gives it her all, uncorking every ounce of emotion she'd held in check, with Herculean restraint, over the better part of two hours. "
" Thomas packs infinite amounts of nuance and agony into such moments, and after a while she outraces the movie itself. "
" Utterly absorbing. "
" Without Kristin Scott Thomas, I've Loved You So Long would be a watchable but hardly a memorable movie. "
" You may need to see I've Loved You So Long twice in order to see it once. "
" Philippe Claudel is a successful French novelist, so it's odd that his filmmaking debut suffers more from narrative than cinematic flaws. "
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