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Seduced & Abandoned (15)

Seduced & Abandoned (15)


An exploration of several interconnected subjects: The Cannes Film Festival, cinema art, money, glamor and death.

The critical consensus

The results are revealing rather than revelatory, but chats with Ryan Gosling and Coppola, Scorsese and Polanski flesh out the fun.

****(*)James Mottram, Total Film, 01/11/2013

Jollied up with some fun anecdotes from Hollywood's great and good, this is entertaining, if hardly hugely revelatory stuff.

***(*)(*)Ali Plumb, Empire Online, 04/11/2013

Seduced And Abandoned may have limited appeal for general moviegoers but dedicated film buffs will love it.

****(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 04/11/2013

Directed by Toback, the documentary is a funny and insightful must for movie fans.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 06/11/2013

Aspiring film-makers won't know whether to feel relief or despair at James Toback's documentary about cinephilia and the movie business.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 07/11/2013

Jolly good fun, even if it doesn’t exactly manage to fulfil its wonky remit.

***(*)(*)Adam Lee Davies, Little White Lies, 07/11/2013

Droll, watchable, wittily sobering.

***(*)(*)Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, 07/11/2013

It's a terrifically smart and enjoyable film, with a tinge of sadness in its cinephilia: both men are wounded by the movies.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 07/11/2013

There’s something typically brilliant and barmy about James Toback’s latest film Seduced & Abandoned.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 09/11/2013

The revelations about Cannes (the glitz is tacky, the market is real) are all as old as the festival itself; the insights into the movie biz (art doesn't matter, stars do) are less than earth-shattering; even the overarching quasi-comic format is old hat, having been done far better by Morgan Spurlock in The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.

**(*)(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 10/11/2013

You might reflect on the irony that star wattage is probably the main reason this rambling feature got a theatrical release in the UK, but the knockabout insights – who knew Gosling could be funny about the choice between steak or death? – make for seductive viewing.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 15/12/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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