Lynne Nossek’s review published on Letterboxd:
The kind of film that grows on you as you watch it. I’ll admit, the first act did try my patience a teeny bit but once it enters its second half, things get steamier and more powerful. You begin to realize you’re watching two people fall in love when their time is severely limited, and it’s so heartbreaking.
The final fifteen minutes are some of the most emotionally exhausting cinema I’ve seen all year and there was a steady stream of tears rolling down my face until the credits began. The last shot is going to be (rightfully) compared to another terrific movie, but I think Portrait does it even better.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a slow burn that gradually builds into an erotic bonfire, passionate, intimate, and so emotionally intense it burns.