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My Best Friend (Mon meilleur ami) (2006)

tomatometer

75

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 88
Fresh: 66 | Rotten: 22

Although the plot may sound contrived, the performances of Daniel Auteuil and Dany Boon manage to turn My Best Friend into an earnest and witty romp.

72

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 10

Although the plot may sound contrived, the performances of Daniel Auteuil and Dany Boon manage to turn My Best Friend into an earnest and witty romp.

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A businessman tries to belatedly learn the fine art of friendship in this comedy from French filmmaker Patrice Leconte. François (Daniel Auteuil) is an antique dealer who runs an upscale shop with his business partner, Catherine (Julie Gayet). François is a gently ruthless trader who will do nearly anything to make a deal, and when Catherine throws him a birthday party, someone points out that all the guests are business associates, not personal friends. While François protests that he does

PG-13,

Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Jerome Tonnerre

Oct 16, 2007

$1.1M

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Patrice Leconte has taken a story about male friendship, in all its posturing and potential vulnerability, and turned it into a light, smart, crowd-pleasing comedy.

January 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Associated Press
Associated Press
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One looks to Leconte for some of the finest, most sophisticated and compassionate filmmaking coming out of France, not for a situation comedy.

September 22, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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It's better when it's threatening, but Leconte knows his audience.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
New York Magazine
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A sweetly surprising treatise on friendship.

August 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Although Leconte allows for a certain warmth to run through the film, he thankfully stays away from sentimentality. Therein lays the charm.

August 24, 2007
Miami Herald
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Leconte has crafted an at once thoughtful, engaging, lighthearted, and melancholic entertainment about loneliness and friendship

December 18, 2007
Manhattan Movie Magazine

This is a movie that sneaks up on you and grabs your heart before you know it. I would want to watch it with my best friend.

November 24, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

French though it may be, My Best Friend effectively addresses what is a universal human condition.

November 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

It isn't always believable, but it is entertaining and funny, with an edge to it.

November 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

A wonderful, rare film that portrays one of the most under-represented but universal human neuroses: the desire for friendship or platonic love.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

Few films so directly address the question of friendship, the nature of friendship, and, most of all, the illusion that our acquaintances and our friends are the same thing.

October 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

You might well find it very silly, but it grew on me, and it's certainly based on an interesting premise.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Daniel Auteuil is reliable as usual.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

If sex, gangsters, and killing Nazis are three of the most enlivening topics in the movies, then let us count friendship as one of the most tiresome, right up there with grooming horses and sharing for sheer thrills.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Auteuil and Boon's appealing performances keep the film engaging throughout, but it's easy to pine for a dark, challenging film with this premise, pitched more toward a harrowing emotional reckoning than this film's ambiguous but inevitable happy ending.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Patrice Leconte's latest is a little light and a little telegraphed, but still quite enjoyable.

September 22, 2007
Planet Sick-Boy

My Best Friend's heart is in the right place, but its grasp on its characters isn't, well, the best.

September 22, 2007
Reel.com

This is one of the better films to come out of France this summer.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

So begins the dance for Patrice Leconte's film that, in the tradition of Norman McLaren (cross-reference below) is more a celebration of movement and music than a parable for our over-communicative, friend-lite, acquaintance-rich society.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Very patchy with an unconvincing lead character.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

There's no great surprise in where this Odd Couple pairing is headed, but...it'sc quite enjoyable to tag along on the journey.

September 4, 2007 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Audience Reviews for My Best Friend (Mon meilleur ami)

I was drawn in by Julie Gayet, uplifted by Dany Boon and mesmerized by Daniel Auteuil. Delightful and light-hearted.
May 23, 2011
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Randy Tippy

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Enjoyable French comedy. Struck a chord with me - I could relate to the socially awkward main character!
July 17, 2010
romy861

Super Reviewer

Intriguing premise is stretched too far. The antisocial lead isn't believably friendless and the sociable friend's anxieties contrived.
December 18, 2007
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Gordon A

Super Reviewer

Corny contemporary French take on a classic Dickens tale. Auteuil's Scrooge-like character has to prove he's capable of having a best friend in this humorous easy-watching movie.
May 22, 2007
RossCollinsUK

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