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Almost Peaceful Reviews

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

a movie that stuffy film critics rate highly out of a sense of guilt and fear, but which never connect with real audiences, desperately waiting for something to happen

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

March 28, 2005
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

The combination of happy plot resolutions, spring-like classical music and beautiful scenery put a pleasant cap on a very humane, moving film.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B

March 23, 2005
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

There isn't much of a narrative arc in director Michel Deville's drama, just many touching little stories.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

March 14, 2005
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The plotting in this 2002 French drama really isn't any more deep than your typical soap opera.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

March 11, 2005
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Generosity and love of life are the film's hallmarks. Like the work of an expert tailor, it's done with unobtrusive skill, essential warmth and seamless grace.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

December 17, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Unlike any other film I have seen about the Holocaust.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 17, 2004
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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There's something rather lovely about the mood and intentions of Michel Deville's French movie.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 29, 2004

E! Online

An unassuming, dignified and deeply resonant experience.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: A

October 15, 2004
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Delicately moving.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 30, 2004
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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You become aware of how few movies about survivors of the Holocaust show them going about their lives, as opposed to acting out someone's idea of a Holocaust Survivor.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 30, 2004
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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This is a film of half-notes and nuances, and as a chronicle of emotional survival it is infinitely inspiring.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

September 9, 2004
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine

A loving, moving portrait of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust attempting to pick up the shattered pieces of their lives in Paris.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 5, 2004
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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Deville is an experienced director, and he composes this picture very neatly.

August 28, 2004
Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
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A mature and subtle film about how a community rebuilds itself after tragedy and disaster.

August 26, 2004
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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Handsomely shot but almost bewilderingly bland.

| Original Score: 1/4

August 23, 2004
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The characters in Almost Peaceful are pulled between a longing for what is lost and a fierce desire to live. Deville's plangent sympathy for them keeps the sentimentality honest.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

August 22, 2004
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

As an ensemble piece offering harsh themes rendered easily digestible by spoonfuls of sweetness and compassion, Almost Peaceful is too mild and treacly to enhance Deville's reputation with American audiences.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 21, 2004
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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Michel Deville's heartfelt and sexy film feels stagy at moments, but the characters are so affectionately drawn and the cast is so watchable, it couldn't matter less.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 20, 2004
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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It may appear to be the ultimate non-action movie, but in the context of these lives, it is the highest kind of drama.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

August 20, 2004
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Deville gently reveals that they're all simultaneously hauntingly fragile and amazingly resilient, their smiles as piercing as any resigned gaze.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 20, 2004
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