Après vous (After You) Reviews


Time Out
Top Critic
November 17, 2011

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
September 7, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: B
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
Top Critic
October 18, 2008

Dave Calhoun
Time Out New York
Top Critic
August 16, 2007


Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006

Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
Top Critic
September 1, 2005

A light, entertaining comedy with little, if any, redeeming value, other than a few good laughs.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
August 25, 2005

Although the ingredients are excellent, the result is an overcooked comedy more often provoking indigestion than laughter.


St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic
August 7, 2005

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic
August 5, 2005

A lightweight farce that remains enjoyable primarily for the time spent with Auteuil.

| Original Score: 3/4

Houston Chronicle
Top Critic
July 30, 2005

John Hartl
Seattle Times
Top Critic
July 8, 2005

French fluff at its creepiest: illogical, exasperating, overlong and based on characters who are just as empty as the creatures who inhabit Hollywood fluff.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
Top Critic
July 8, 2005

As the character gains confidence, Garcia tones down the tics and actually makes Louis likable.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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July 7, 2005

From the beginning I found the plot contrivances more than a little forced, and the behavior of the various characters improbably extreme.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic
June 30, 2005

The premise is razor thin, but [Daniel Auteuil] sells it with everything he's got.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
Top Critic
June 24, 2005

The misunderstandings and crisscrossing agendas never build to critical mass; the movie doesn't go insane, and it needs to.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
June 18, 2005

A sweet, if dramatically overlong, trifle.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
June 17, 2005

Lacks farcical insanity and settles for being a sitcom, not a very good one.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
Top Critic
June 16, 2005

There isn't much to the movie, and you can see where it's going from kilometers away. But Auteuil gives the silliness a surprising heft.

Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
June 10, 2005

A film that moves you to laugh has become as rare as one that makes you cry, so Apres Vous should be cherished for its seriously funny moments.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
June 9, 2005

The story crash-lands in contrivance, losing its way in the third act.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
Top Critic
June 3, 2005

Nothing lives up to its name like French farce, and director Pierre Salvadori's bit of nonsense about a good Samaritan who aborts a stranger's suicide attempt then dedicates himself to making the man's life worth living exceeds the limits of the genre.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kyle Smith
New York Post
Top Critic
June 3, 2005

Parlez-vous farce? Après Vous speaks the lingo haltingly, like the French you sort of learned in high school.

| Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
June 2, 2005

This delightfully spirited film is perfectly cast, and it's hard to imagine how Daniel Auteuil, José Garcia and Sandrine Kiberlain could possibly improve upon their irresistible, multifaceted portrayals.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic
June 2, 2005

A meandering comedy that offers the pleasure of watching the great French actor Daniel Auteuil as the world's most overzealous, uptight good Samaritan.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
June 2, 2005

Even as it takes some zany potshots at the conventions of bourgeois comedy, the movie is rife with exactly the kind of pat, predictable reversals that define the form.


AV Club
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June 2, 2005

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
June 1, 2005

Suicidal depression has rarely looked so amusing.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Peter L'Official
Village Voice
Top Critic
May 31, 2005

As genre fare, Après Vous is saved by its irresistibly sympathetic performances.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
April 15, 2005

Adorable.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Lisa Nesselson
Variety
Top Critic
April 14, 2005

Elegantly written, well-thesped comedy is too hermetic and bittersweet to be laugh-out-loud funny, but sustains a fairly successful ratio of uncomfortable situations to amusing solutions.

Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
May 15, 2004

Mostly, it works -- as long as the viewer doesn't demand too much plausibility in a story line.