Almost Peaceful Reviews

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
March 28, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 16, 2003
Deville's film is pleasant, its characters good company, but it does not sustain itself.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 19, 2003
Almost Peaceful is a good hearted period film that never really fleshes out its intent or its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 19, 2003
Without even realizing it, director Michel Deville's Almost Peaceful doesn't just capture the mundane climb back to the familiar, it emphasizes it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
August 23, 2004
Handsomely shot but almost bewilderingly bland.
| Original Score: 1/4
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
June 22, 2004
Perhaps it's simply too big a theme for such a small film to tackle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
August 21, 2004
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.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 11, 2005
The plotting in this 2002 French drama really isn't any more deep than your typical soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 17, 2004
Unlike any other film I have seen about the Holocaust.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 30, 2004
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.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
March 23, 2005
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 | Original Score: B
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 19, 2004
In this gently observed film about Holocaust survivors, survival means something other than choked laughter and sentimental bromides or brute, animal struggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 20, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
August 20, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 29, 2004
There's something rather lovely about the mood and intentions of Michel Deville's French movie.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 17, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
August 19, 2004
The gently told comedy-drama is more colorful than you'd expect, using wry humor and lively music to keep sentimentality at bay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
December 18, 2003
An intimate tale of how a group of strangers scarred by the past and with heavy personal burdens attempts to break the years of mistrust and suspicions built up during the war years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Leslie Camhi
Village Voice
August 17, 2004
Deville has managed to preserve the work's great virtues -- the intimacy, discretion, grace, and humor with which it speaks of both irredeemable disaster and the taste for life that survives it.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 20, 2004
Deville gently reveals that they're all simultaneously hauntingly fragile and amazingly resilient, their smiles as piercing as any resigned gaze.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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David Stratton
Variety
February 13, 2009

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