Changing Times (Les Temps Qui Changent) Reviews

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Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 30, 2006
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
August 13, 2006
French director Andre Techine sketches a family with the usual flaws, but takes the unusual step of not fixing them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 12, 2006
Volatile and sometimes daring performances by Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu, Gilbert Melki, Malik Zidi, and Lubna Azabal (as twins) contribute to the highly charged and novelistic experience.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 12, 2006
... another gorgeous and immensely satisfying reminder that there are few better directors than Techine when it comes to capturing the vagaries of the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 10, 2006
If Changing Times' last shots don't touch you, your heart may be frozen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 4, 2006
... more drily sociological than dramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 3, 2006
Despite its weaknesses, Changing Times (Les Temps Qui Changent in French) is always watchable and even poignant from time to time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 3, 2006
This willfully slippery movie seems to make the case both for mixing it up and sticking to your own kind. Which is all of a piece with the sensibility of this wonderfully ambiguous filmmaker, a visionary of our changing times.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 27, 2006
An interesting film experience, as much because of its chaotic narrative as in spite of it.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 21, 2006
Techine has a location, two stars and a situation, but he can't seem to parlay that into a story, and a story would help, not only in terms of audience pleasure (not something to be dismissed) but also in terms of focusing the film's intention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 14, 2006
Changing Times offers a cool and refreshing aperitif at the end of a warm Bastille Day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 14, 2006
It's always enjoyable watching Depardieu and Deneuve, but they deserve better material than they've been given by Techine.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 14, 2006
The ending is both shamelessly clichéd and -- for Cecile -- out of character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 13, 2006
Every character in André Téchiné's rich, warmhearted exploration of cultural collision oscillates between two worlds and two ideas about the meaning of experience.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 13, 2006
[Director Andre] Techiné always locates a steadfast emotional element in the worlds he creates, a defiant human construct against unstoppable change. In Changing Times, it is love, in unfamiliar forms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
July 12, 2006
There's something uniquely pleasurable about watching a director in total command of his craft, even when that craft is in service of a scattershot melodrama with pale intimations of social relevance.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
July 11, 2006
We, in any case, are as unconvinced by his lovelorn saga as Deneuve's skeptical pragmatist -- that is, until a romance paperback deus ex machina shoots the film's lifelike credibility out of the water.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 10, 2006
A thoughtful and reflective love story about the impact of time on true love.
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
July 10, 2006
This moody, more-bitter-than-sweet ode to anxiety is intense adult fare reinforced by effective no frills lensing.