Review Roundup: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missiouri and A Woman’s Life

We’ve got two new titles for you this week, and the first is getting some serious awards attention.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is fresh from winning four Golden Globe awards at the weekend, and leading lady Frances McDormand also picked up a Critics Choice Award last night too. It’s a story of small town American from Irish writer/director Martin McDonagh and is earning rave reviews.

A Woman’s Life is the latest from The Measure of a Man director Stéphane Brizé and is based on the 1883 novel Une Vie by the celebrated writer Guy de Maupassant.

Read on for a selection of reviews and pop into the IFI to make up your own mind!

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri will make you feel deeply, laugh loudly and think hard, often in the space of one scene. It is a triumph and sees writer and director Martin McDonagh at his absolute best”
5/5 – RTE

“This is the best movie I’ve seen this year”
Chicago Sun-Times

“Martin McDonagh’s gut-twisting comedy will make you stand up and hoot”
5/5 – Telegraph

“Though the orbiting players are vital cogs in this ruthlessly efficient machine, McDormand is the crude oil that keeps things purring”
5/5 – Little White Lies

“Watching it is like having your funny bone struck repeatedly, expertly and very much too hard by a karate super-black-belt capable of bringing a rhino to its knees with a single punch behind the ear.”
4/5 – Guardian

A WOMAN’S LIFE
“A masterfully subtle and inventive melodrama”
4/5 – Irish Times

“Credit to Stéphane Brizé for an impressive piece of filmmaking with a refreshingly contemporary approach”
Time Out

“A moving, beautifully modulated adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s novel, in which a young noblewoman copes with the loss of ideals”
Variety

“The rare period piece that feels observed rather than pretended, Stéphane Brizé’s “A Woman’s Life” finds the prolific French filmmaker applying his ruggedly naturalistic style to some very different source material”
IndieWire


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