Before Annette dives into 140-odd minutes of moody songs and swooning tragicomic twists, director Leos Carax takes charge. In a grumbling voiceover, he advices his viewers to “hold your breath until the very end of the show.” It’s exactly the sort of impossible request that makes sense for this mind-blowing musical fantasia: Annette doesn’t just take your breath away; it keeps your breath hostage until the credits roll.
Eric Kohn, Indiewire
With a gigantic score by the American pop duo Sparks (brothers Ron and Russell Mael), Annette is not just a musical, it is also a soapy melodrama incorporating elements of the supernatural (a common theme in Carax’s films). Annette is filled with dark and sometimes self-destructive energy, where emotions are barely manageable and can only be expressed through song.
Sheila O’Malley, RogerEbert.com