“There’s a certain perverse genius to unveiling a ghost movie at Cannes that relies on the audience to deliver the ‘boos’ as the final credits roll, although one doubts that’s quite what Olivier Assayas was going for with his peculiar ‘Personal Shopper,'” Variety Chief International Film Critic Peter Debruge wrote in his review.
Here’s what other critics had to say:
Personal Shopper got the first boos I heard at #Cannes2016, which led me to only clap harder. I found it beguiling. Stewart is mesmerizing.
— Nigel M. Smith (@nigelmfs) May 16, 2016
Heard some people booing and laughing at "Personal Shopper". Same thing last year with "Sea of Trees". #Cannes can't handle ghosts! 👻
— Alexander Dunerfors Kardelo (@dunerfors) May 16, 2016
judging by the boos that PERSONAL SHOPPER just got at #Cannes, it might just be one of the best movies ever made. can't wait.
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) May 16, 2016
— Jason Solomons (@JasonCritic) May 16, 2016
Boos for Assayas' PERSONAL SHOPPER. Polite applause for Garcia's FROM THE LAND OF THE MOON. So, y'know, grain of salt, guys. #Cannes
— Justin Chang (@JustinCChang) May 16, 2016
The film, however, was also met with cheers from critics who later came to its defense on Twitter. Festival audiences will get a chance to judge for themselves when the movie officially screens on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Cannes time.
Stewart plays the titular personal shopper who communicates with spirits. Stewart and Assayas’ last film, 2014’s “Clouds of Sils Maria,” earned her rave reviews and a César — making her the first American actress to win the French prize.
The “Twilight” star also toplined the Cannes opener, Woody Allen’s “Café Society,” which received primarily positive reviews.
Gus Van Sant’s “The Sea of Trees,” starring Matthew McConaughey, was also infamously booed last year following its Cannes debut.