In Chéreau's hands, Gabrielle has an operatic quality that throws the repressive environment into sharp relief; the film works like a pressure cooker, seething with bottled passions that intermittently burst through with startling cruelty and violence.
Dennis LimVillage Voice
At once robust and ethereal, this is an existential ghost story, with fresh blood pulsing through its veins.
A haunting and riveting work, unlike anything else you can see at the movies and as such an explicit challenge to the unambitious, anesthetic character of most contemporary cinema. But is it easy, or delightful, or fun? It is not.
Lisa SchwarzbaumEntertainment Weekly
Greggory anchors Gabrielle in manly bewilderment and rage, while Huppert claws the title character's way to self-awareness.