The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares) Reviews

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Top Critic
Ted Shen
Chicago Reader
March 23, 2010
Despite an uneven cast, Arcand finds a tonal balance between sentimental and cynical that keeps the conversations real and heart wrenching.
Cole Smithey
May 4, 2009
"The Barbarian Invasions" is an intriguing meditation on the inevitable fall of ideologies under the pressure of nature's laws.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Humour, whether darkly observant or skilfully witty, twines through the film like a confidently creeping ivy, growing out of the characters quite naturally.
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
The film may be more of a sad commentary on the human condition than traditionally sad in the manner Arcand intended.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Nesselson
August 7, 2008
A full-bodied, funny and gloriously unpretentious ode to family, friendship and the meaning of life.
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
So many fascinating ideas are raised here that Arcand's decision to explore them within the context of a self-satisfied soap is disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Both the comedy and the weepy moments tend towards the trite, but the film is directed and performed with such brio and manipulative skill that one eventually succumbs to its somewhat dubious charms.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 18, 2005
The film's emotional ending is deeply felt and powerful, examining the pain and the humor of life without pathos or melodrama. As such, the film resonates and lingers.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 7, 2005 almost documentary truth to the performances, a un-movieish consistency of tone that makes it easy to forget that we're watching actors.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative
September 30, 2004
...jerkily paced, dramatically obvious, and seems penned by a self-serious 16-year-old
| Original Score: 1/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 15, 2004
The occasion is death, but the movie is a joyous celebration of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
July 9, 2004
You get to experience the sentiment without drowning in it; and you get a sharp-edged ideological exploration of living (and dying) in modern times.
| Original Score: B+
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
June 12, 2004
Its most poignant observation is that these barbarians, being our own sons and daughters, are already well within the gates
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
May 4, 2004
Es con extraordinaria sutileza que el canadiense Denys Arcand nos va metiendo en -y haciendo parte de- los últimos días del protagonista de esta película.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 28, 2004
At a time when theaters are full of explosions, revenge scenarios and over-the-top sadism, it's a blessed relief just to find a movie that's about ideas and forgiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 21, 2004
A nicely balanced blend of sentiment and acrid wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
April 18, 2004
Arcand gives us a wonderful portrait of real people forced to reconcile their pasts against a certain future and rejoicing in what once was and can continue to be...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip French
April 9, 2004
The movie is brutally funny and ironic about the way this corrupt world is manipulated by the cynical Sébastien.
Ian Grey
Orlando Weekly
April 9, 2004
Sébastien, Nathalie and the film's other secondary characters are neat, shaded creations ably played. But unfortunately, this isn't their movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kevin A. Ranson
April 8, 2004
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of loose women; it's wonderful to be dying in Montreal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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