Un Conte de NoŽl (A Christmas Tale) Reviews

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Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Un conte de NoŽl could use more of the surreal hilarity of Wes Anderson'sThe Royal Tenenbaums.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
April 21, 2009
Controlled chaos of a family reunion highlighed by likeable but flawed characters
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 26, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
February 9, 2009
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 | Original Score: 8/10
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 31, 2009
The characters are so nutty that you never know what they will do next. That fact alone kept me interested.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
January 26, 2009
an endlessly busy and stylish film with a hollow emotional and spiritual core.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
January 16, 2009
A compellingly literate exploration of the muddle of misguided motives and lingering regrets that bind families together.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
January 16, 2009
You could, of course, forgive the whole enterprise as the extravagances of an intellectual fairytale, but the film's wayward eccentricities outweigh its good performances and breezy telling of a jumble of a plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 16, 2009
What could have been the acme of talky dramas about the inner lives of French intellectuals turns out to be a feast of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
January 16, 2009
The film is almost as involving as it is infuriating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
January 16, 2009
The effect is strange, disconcerting - but never dull. I think what Desplechin has created is not a conventional drama, but a sort of dream-ensemble masque: a choreographed parade of ideas, emotions, personae. A film to ponder, and to savour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
January 16, 2009
The cast expertly incarnates this family haunted by loss, lovelessness and (literal) bad blood, but the film's unduly protracted duration makes the Vuillards feel like Christmas guests who just will not leave.
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
January 16, 2009
At a bum-numbing two-and-a-half hours, the film does at least have one thing in common with other Christmas visitors - it long outstays its welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
The Sneak
Sun Online
January 16, 2009
Typically Gallic, it contains lots of smoking, drinking and thinking. With the thoughts often turning towards death.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
January 16, 2009
A Christmas Tale is a compelling domestic drama, a French art gem to inaugurate 2009.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 16, 2009
Bustling and chaotic like most big families, this film really captures the outrageous collision of personalities in any gathering of relatives
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
January 15, 2009
Arnaud Desplechin's sprawling family drama is sharply observed and superbly acted, but it's also far too long and fails to engage on an emotional level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
January 9, 2009
Consider it a post-holiday gift to yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
January 5, 2009
A warmly inviting motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Lybarger
eFilmCritic.com
January 3, 2009
If you want to see a Christmas story that's genuinely heartwarming and entertaining without ever slipping into phony sentimentality, you'd better learn to read subtitles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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