This marks Cotillard’s first Academy nod. Although she has been performing onscreen since the early 1990s, the praise for her performance in “Rose” reflected that she had just been discovered.

“It is hard not to admire Ms. Cotillard for the discipline and ferocity she brings to the role.”
A.O. Scott
New York Times

“Marion Cotillard, lip-syncing Piaf’s songs and digging into her soul with gale-force urgency, gives a performance for the ages.”
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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“Give Cotillard credit for a fearless, uncompromising performance. … The scenes at the end of Piaf’s life are deeply etched in terror and difficult to watch. It’s a heroic piece of acting, intently focused on a singular view of the character.”
Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle

“Olivier Dahan’s phantasmagorical biopic gives us a brilliant performance by Marion Cotillard as the passionate, tortured Piaf, and Ms. Cotillard gives us something new in a show business portrait — a sense of what the song does to the singer.”
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal