The Housekeeper Reviews

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Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
April 23, 2005
I wouldn't want this Housekeeper around my house, but your mileage may vary.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 27, 2005
...possesses a shrewd understanding of the way human beings crave and pursue affection.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
May 21, 2004
Dequenne fills the free-spirited role of Laura adequately enough. But there's precious little chemistry or understanding as to why she's attracted to Jacques...
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 21, 2003
...a refreshing alternative to the myriad of overcranked stories churned out by Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
December 19, 2003
Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton make the life of a middle-aged single person look highly desirable. The Housekeeper doesn't deal in such delusions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
December 19, 2003
It's as if it's being told to you by a distracted middle-aged narrator who's looking at a beautiful college girl out of the corner of his eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 19, 2003
None of this is profoundly new, but the delicacy of the telling is well worth the experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 2, 2003
Sells sex like how ice cream is hawked on a hot July day at the beach.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Marcy Dermansky
November 16, 2003
A lovely film about sadness and mess, both inside and out, and how we are able to make ourselves feel better - temporarily
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
November 7, 2003
With their reverse-chemistry, [Bacri and Dequenne are] so good together -- hot and hilarious simultaneously -- that you'd think they'd been a team for ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 24, 2003
Both Bacri and Dequenne are surprisingly effective in their performances and manage to sell us on their chemistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 24, 2003
Bacri and Dequenne fill out their underwritten roles, giving this small, unassuming story a few sparks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
October 17, 2003
Berri makes very personal works about men who learn something about themselves rather late in life -- something important -- and The Housekeeper continues to analyze this very worthy theme.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pete Croatto
October 16, 2003
Inexplicably large chunks of the movie are dedicated to Jacques smoking cigarettes, reading books, listening to jazz and looking pensive. What are we supposed to do with that?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
October 6, 2003
Continually has you expecting... the predictable worst, but Berri manages to keep the tables turned on his female lead, and his audience, turning a fairly flimsy storyline into an enjoyable film in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
September 18, 2003
It's a slight film, well-acted by Bacri and Emilie Dequenne.
| Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 8, 2003
Transforms a stock male-fantasy situation into something tender and believable...
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 28, 2003
An acutely observed (and felt) essay on loneliness.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
August 20, 2003
A modest, at times downright tiny, film. Yet its melancholy sense of humor touched me in unexpected ways.
Jean Oppenheimer
Dallas Observer
August 17, 2003
It strains credulity that these two would get together, and even though the couple's incompatibility is a key point of the story, that fact makes it impossible to invest in the relationship or have any sympathy for the characters.
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