Movies Like A Very Long Engagement

Opening

48% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Aug 22
33% If I Stay Aug 22
29% When The Game Stands Tall Aug 22
6% Are You Here Aug 22
97% Love Is Strange Aug 22

Top Box Office

21% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $28.5M
92% Guardians of the Galaxy $25.1M
14% Let's Be Cops $17.8M
35% The Expendables 3 $15.9M
31% The Giver $12.3M
20% Into The Storm $7.9M
66% The Hundred-Foot Journey $7.2M
64% Lucy $5.5M
41% Step Up: All In $2.7M
62% Hercules $2.1M

Coming Soon

0% The November Man Aug 27
98% Starred Up Aug 27
—— As Above/So Below Aug 29
85% The Congress Aug 29
—— The Calling Aug 29

New Episodes Tonight

100% Defiance: Season 2
100% Garfunkel and Oates: Season 1
88% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
56% Married: Season 1
95% Rectify: Season 2
—— Rookie Blue: Season 5
39% Rush: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
82% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
41% Working the Engels: Season 1
77% You're the Worst: Season 1

Discuss Last Night's Shows

86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
91% The Divide: Season 1
83% Extant: Season 1
—— Franklin & Bash: Season 4
—— Graceland: Season 2
—— Hot in Cleveland: Season 5
57% Legends: Season 1
—— Motive: Season 2
69% Mystery Girls: Season 1
100% Suits: Season 4
38% Taxi Brooklyn: Season 1
43% Young & Hungry: Season 1

Certified Fresh TV

86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
83% Extant: Season 1
88% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
86% The Knick: Season 1
89% Manhattan: Season 1
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2
73% Murder in the First: Season 1
89% Outlander: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
87% The Strain: Season 1
82% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
77% You're the Worst: Season 1

A Very Long Engagement Reviews

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Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies

Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 15, 2005
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Jeunet is a big kid, smart and playful but uneasy around adult emotions, which in his new movie are reduced to glib polarities of light versus dark, love versus vengeance.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

November 24, 2004
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com

ultimately too manipulative to achieve true lasting greatness

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

November 22, 2004
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Enjoying the film depends on how much one can stand visionary carnival barker Jean-Pierre Jeunet's brand of impatiently imaginative, aggressively artificial filmmaking.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 13, 2004
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Mr. Jeunet shows no interest in animating the characters in his dollhouse world, and even Mathilde and her tears remain fundamentally decorative, as arid as the computer-assisted cinematography.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

November 29, 2004
Uri Lessing
eFilmCritic.com

...light entertainment, but offers only a shallow insight into war.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

June 28, 2005
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

[Jeunet's] choppy, cheeky filmmaking style simply isn't suited to this remarkable wartime tale about the tenacity of love.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 8, 2004
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net

There's such an excess of plot and detail that characterization is neglected--none of these characters is more than single-dimensional...

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

November 24, 2004
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com

Mathilde is described in the narration as hopeful. Tautou's Mathilde, however, is more angry and dour.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 2/5

November 29, 2004
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

A Very Long Engagement is every bit the fantasy, the fairy tale, that Amelie was, yet we are expected to take it seriously. I couldn't.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

July 11, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Jeunet's reliance on magic-realist devices just falls flat, and Tautou's character -- a lame girl who plays the tuba -- is treated with the sort of condescending pity the movies haven't seen since Johnny Belinda.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

November 29, 2004
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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There's something hollow beneath its polished surface.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

December 17, 2004
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Jeunet's movie is a game of great singles inside an overextended ballgame.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 17, 2004
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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The comic-dramatic divide of A Very Long Engagement is difficult to traverse, much less conquer. It's simply hard to be charmed with all those corpses scattered about.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

December 22, 2004
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

When Jeunet attempts to achieve dramatic heft, with no commensurate change in style, he falls distressingly short.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

December 27, 2004
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

The gifted, undisciplined Jeunet applies his trademark restless zigzagging to a story that's confoundingly complicated enough already. More fatiguing than exhilarating.

December 14, 2004
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

Pretty long and unengaging...

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

January 3, 2005
Marcy Dermansky
About.com

Both a whimsical love story featuring, "Amelié" star Audrey Tautou at her most adorable, and a nitty-gritty depiction of the horrors of trench warfare. It's a very bad mix.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 2/5

December 16, 2004
Brett Buckalew
FilmStew.com

If you take Kurosawa's Rashômon and plunk it down in a battlefield setting, the results will almost certainly be derivative and thematically hollow.

Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

December 1, 2004
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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What they cut from the novel ... doesn't cause as many problems as what they add, which is often too bizarre or too whimsical for a story about death.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 2/4

December 17, 2004
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
December 19, 2004
February 27, 2009

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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December 27, 2004

Boston Phoenix
March 5, 2005

BBC.com
April 20, 2005

AV Club
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September 26, 2005

Time Out
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June 24, 2006
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