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Paris (2008)


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 65
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 21

Critics Consensus: Alternately a sharp ensemble dramedy and a love letter to the titular city, Paris is uneven but often striking.

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: Alternately a sharp ensemble dramedy and a love letter to the titular city, Paris is uneven but often striking.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 20,603


Movie Info

Love and life pose dilemmas for a handful of friends in the City of Lights in this romantic drama from French filmmaker Cedric Klapisch. Pierre (Romain Duris) has enjoyed a successful career as a dancer performing in Parisian nightclubs, but when he's diagnosed with a serious heart condition, his doctor warns him that the strain of his work could kill him. Pierre must reinvent his life, and as he ponders his future and his mortality, he turns to his sister, Élise (Juliette Binoche), a social … More

R (for language and some sexual references)
Drama , Romance , Art House & International , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Cédric Klapisch
In Theaters:
Mar 10, 2010
Box Office:



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Critic Reviews for Paris

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (21) | DVD (5)

When it comes to being a fool for love, there are no city limits.

Full Review… | October 2, 2009
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Perhaps it's time for a moratorium on movies where the trajectories of various people intersect, often portentously, across the tableau of a big city.

Full Review… | October 1, 2009
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The French director Cédric Klapisch is a glib wizard at weaving folks together, but there are too many secondhand characters roving through Paris, his latest ensemble piece.

Full Review… | September 30, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Paris keeps us involved not because of momentous plot developments but because the production incites our curiosity to see what will happen next.

Full Review… | September 28, 2009
Top Critic

Writer-director Klapisch's glossy love letter to Paris, and its yearning, beautifully lighted inhabitants, may not be much, and you may not even believe in its emotional and (discreet) carnal complications moment to moment. But the cast is fabulous.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Klapisch, who shoots Paris with the eye of someone rapturously in love with the town, is less interested in the reality than the romance.

September 25, 2009
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Paris suffers from a pervasively uneven sensibility that is, to an increasingly distressing degree, compounded by an overlong running time...

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
Reel Film Reviews

Less a gourmet meal than a flaky pastry, Paris is a slight but sweet love letter to the urban life of the city of lights...

Full Review… | March 25, 2010

Director Cédric Klapisch embraces Parisians' reputation for moroseness with a cast of melancholy, but passionate, characters.

Full Review… | March 25, 2010
Moving Pictures Magazine

When these Parisians actually do connect, the city's magic finally begins to shine. Binoche, in particular, positively glows when things finally go right for her. Still, such moments seem a long time coming, and often feel, well, a bit rushed.

Full Review… | December 10, 2009
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

'Seize the Day.' That's the title of a song that plays during the end credits... It's also the trite message of this tedious tapestry-of-life ensemble piece, in which a prettily dying young man advises his man-less sister to 'take a chance on chance.'

Full Review… | December 1, 2009
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Despite some wonderful performances and memorable situations, writer-director Cédric Klapisch ('L'Auberge Espagnole') fails to recapture the warmth of his previous ensemble dramas.

Full Review… | November 27, 2009

Overlong and with ambitions of grandeur, Cedric Klapisch's enjoyable Paris is an attempt at Trollopean social archaeology that's best received with a shrug and a smile.

Full Review… | November 7, 2009
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

It may occasionally seem a little too facile, but all in all the movie scores more points than not and becomes a film of genuine merit.

Full Review… | November 4, 2009
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

You can't really argue with a film that tells us we should be good to one another, celebrates the importance of family and suggests we should live our lives to the fullest.

Full Review… | October 29, 2009
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

[Y]ou probably cannot ever go wrong with a flick set in the City of Light and starring one of the most luminous actresses ever to grace the arthouse screen...

Full Review… | October 19, 2009
Flick Filosopher

An explosion of acting, sets and costumes that leaves the viewer with a feeling of near permanent glossiness.

Full Review… | October 19, 2009
Monsters and Critics

Klapisch's movie boasts passages of genuine magic.

Full Review… | October 9, 2009
Baltimore Sun

In this overpacked ensemble cast, it's Binoche you want to see more of.

Full Review… | October 9, 2009
Austin Chronicle

...this Paris is a fantasy unlikely to be encountered by either tourist or resident, but considered as a travelogue for intellectuals, it's an enjoyable way to spend a few hours

Full Review… | October 9, 2009

Were it possible for The City of Light to see Nashville or Manhattan, it would probably want to sue for defamation.

Full Review… | September 29, 2009
Philadelphia Weekly

This isn't, perhaps, the "best" film ever about my beloved city, but it certainly ranks up there as an ode to the allure of such a celebrated destination.

Full Review… | September 29, 2009
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

The movie is filled with brief glimpses of meaningful symbolism.

Full Review… | September 29, 2009
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Audience Reviews for Paris

Generally, I judge films like Paris against the "Altman Standard." If the film comes close to linking the characters in the clever and interesting ways that Altman accomplished in Short Cuts, then it works for me. And Paris attempts to reach for the Altman Standard, despite the fact that the title would lead one to believe that it is attempting an homage to the city in the vein of or New York, I Love You. Here we have a brother and sister dealing with the former's life-threatening illness, a gang of fruit-mongers seeking sex/love, and a professor obsessing over a student. But thrown in haphazardly and failing to connect to the other stories in substantive ways are a racist baker and a group of African would-be immigrants. It is with these stories, tangentially related but ultimately unnecessary, that the film fails to reach the Altman Standard.
Additionally, I detected a degree of misogyny in the film's portrayal of women. Most of the men go through complex existential crises, but with the exception of Elise, played by the always charming and lovely Juliette Binoche, and possibly Caroline, the women in this film are either flakes or sluts.
Overall, Paris is a good film, but it falls short in a couple key areas.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Liked the beautiful shots of Paris more than the actual story. It was okay, but it really wore out it's welcome at over 2 hours.
Good cast and made up of quite a few characters whose lives overlap. Some of the characters more interesting than others.
Fans of French films will like this, but I wouldn't recommend it to appeal to all.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Charming, chic and quintessentially Parisian. Juliette Binoche, Romain Duris and supporting Melanie Laurent make the charming performances in this full-drama, emotional and inspiring ode to Paris because I know them well in their latest foreign-language arthouse films.
Director-writer Cédric Klapisch has done something marvelous here, a film full of ideas and humanity, yet one that somehow enables us to engage with and care for so many complex characters without ever having to resort to stereotypes. It's a great achievement ? and a glorious movie about that city to which we must all return in our dreams: Paris.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


I was not totally sure how much I was liking Paris until the film was over. Storywise, there really is not anything. The movie is all over the place and really does not make much sense. Every scene is secluded and impressionistic; but very deeply felt. That is what really stood out to me, the sheer emotional impact every scene carried. In many ways the film is incredibly depressing and pessimistic, but there is still a glimmer of hope, the promise of redemption. This is not a film to look back upon and remember the story, or the cast, or any of the details. The only thing that is enduring is the emotion. That is enough to make for an extreamely good movie, but, personally, as much as I loved it, I think the film needed a bit more of a backbone. Paris is a long movie, and you would completely justified in saying that it is boring, but, with an open mind, it is worth watching. It will, gently, and with the utmost sensitivity, crawl under your skin, tickle your heartstrings, make you laugh, make you cry.

Jake ....

Super Reviewer

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