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Un Conte de NoŽl (A Christmas Tale) Reviews

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Leo Goldsmith

The result is a massively overstuffed stocking of joy and bitterness, but one that more than meets the holiday movie genre's prerequisites for purification.

Full Review Source: indieWIRE

December 6, 2013
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

As the rituals of Christmas are observed, the family edges closer towards a sense of understanding and acceptance in a picture that captures a sense of life's messy uncertainties and the way we sometimes hurt the ones we love the most.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2013
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

It's maddening and it's exhilarating.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2013
Richard von Busack

A Christmas Tale's more universal qualities should be apparent to anyone who has survived a Christmas, and God help us, here comes another one.

Full Review Source: MetroActive

December 6, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

Its numerous narrative strands are neither revealingly pursued nor properly intertwined.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

December 6, 2013
Serena Donadoni
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

A Christmas Tale has a classical feel, even though the mischievous Desplechin tosses in shadow puppets, iris shots, and actors speaking directly to the camera. It's this ability to surprise that gives the film its spark.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: B

December 6, 2013
Stina Chyn
Film Threat

Desplechin's film is so well cast and the relationships so authentically depicted that it's okay not to be completely or partially taken by Junon, Henri, and the rest of their kin.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 6, 2013
Alissa Wilkinson
Paste Magazine

A Christmas Tale is a lively, capricious, mischievous ensemble delight.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 9.5/10

December 6, 2013
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Despite occasional bouts of tedium over the epic course, a surprising buoyancy emerges: Desplechin's methods begin to inform, even brighten, the message.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

December 6, 2013
David Ansen
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Desplechin is an inspired impurist. His Christmas Tale is untidy, overstuffed and delicious: a genuine holiday feast.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

December 6, 2013
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago

The movie teems with the excitement of unwrapping a present, even as it deals more seriously with the intractability of blood ties.

Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago | Original Score: 5/5

December 4, 2012
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Even Amalric's ray of light can't penetrate the gloom enough to make this much more than a rather strained actors' exercise.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 16, 2011
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

The film (has) a sensibility that is paradoxically both old-fashioned and very modern.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

November 29, 2009

Till life do us part

Full Review Source: JWR | Original Score: 3/5

July 22, 2009
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Un drama coral y familiar sobre relaciones disfuncionales, viejos rencores, odios y amores, enfermedad y muerte. Puede resultar tan desconcertante e irritante como sorprendente y humana. Lo innegable es la calidad de su elenco.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 3/5

July 1, 2009
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

Un conte de NoŽl could use more of the surreal hilarity of Wes Anderson'sThe Royal Tenenbaums.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 23, 2009
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Controlled chaos of a family reunion highlighed by likeable but flawed characters

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 3/4

April 21, 2009
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A droll and frantic melodrama stripped of aesthetic contrivances but full of emotional ones, and it is affirming in its own way without being particularly cathartic.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

March 26, 2009
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

Arnaud Desplechin's headfirst dive into the complex relationships within a middle class French family is a messy, captivating, and very much living affair.

Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 8/10

February 9, 2009
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

The characters are so nutty that you never know what they will do next. That fact alone kept me interested.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

January 31, 2009
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