A Very Long Engagement Reviews

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Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
January 24, 2005
Audrey Tautou, as usual, fills the screen with the eyes of a silent-era star. She uses them like one, too--and she's marvelous.
| Original Score: A
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 17, 2005
...soaked in Jeunet's peculiar, oily sense of cinema. While it is a slower burning film than some of his others it casts a lovely light.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Luke Y. Thompson
LYTRules.com
January 16, 2005
Hey kids, didja like AMELIE? Do you like the war movies? Here's both in one; go crazy.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 14, 2005
For all their magical and mystical moments, Jeunet's films are suffocatingly literal; his ever-mobile camera leaves no empty spaces for the viewer's imagination to inhabit.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
January 12, 2005
A different kind of epic, with a light touch and an offbeat attitude that strip the story of much of its gravitas and instead replace it with a freewheeling flippancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
January 11, 2005
Think of the strange mixture of Amelie and All Quiet on the Western Front and you have a disjointed, muted - and yes, quirky - World War I epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
January 8, 2005
A mature, yet original, work that is powerful emotionally, intellectually and visually.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 5, 2005
It's a beautiful accomplishment, even if it's not the triumph that Amelie is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Susan Granger
Modamag.com
January 5, 2005
Sweeping, sentimental, suspenseful epic World War I tale
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
January 3, 2005
Pretty long and unengaging...
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
January 3, 2005
Gorgeously shot and magnificently performed, this sweeping romance has the makings of a classic favourite.
January 1, 2005
...[Jean-Pierre Jeunet] revient à la charge avec toujours autant d'inspiration et nous invite à passer un très beau dimanche de fiançailles.
| Original Score: A
Michael Ferraro
Film Threat
December 31, 2004
The film is near perfect in its attempt to properly mix the irrationality of war in with an interesting love story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
December 28, 2004
The director and star of Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Audrey Tautou) reunite for this grimmer, grimier, but no less magnificent moviegoing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
December 27, 2004
Spotlights the absurdity of war along with its brutality, and underscores the indomitability of the human spirit with a 'love conquers all' story line of uncommon poignance.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
December 27, 2004
Visual adept, but long and tedious
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Anthony Del Valle
Las Vegas Mercury
December 27, 2004
The first 20 minutes ... feel like a snuff film made with a James Ivory sensibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
December 27, 2004
In the rough magic of A Very Long Engagement, even the strangest events seem perfectly logical and emotionally true.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
December 27, 2004
When Jeunet attempts to achieve dramatic heft, with no commensurate change in style, he falls distressingly short.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 27, 2004
Jean-Pierre Jeunot...has constructed a film that is drama, romance, detective story, war movie and personal journey in a well-crafted, complex and innovative work
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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