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Bicycling with Moliere

Bicycling with Moliere (2014)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 1

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A warm, funny, literate comedy in which two French actors portray two French actors, friends at odds with one another in every possible way, except their love of Molière's The Misanthrope. Lambert Wilson (OF GODS AND MEN) plays Gauthier, tall, handsome, and the beneficiary of a leading role in a ridiculous soap opera as a beloved cosmetic surgeon who "saves lives." Fabrice Luchini (who previously worked with Le Guay in WOMEN ON THE 6TH FLOOR) as Serge has met with much less success, becoming a


Drama, Comedy

Philippe Le Guay, Fabrice Luchini


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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (6)

For Francophiles of a literary bent, just hearing these two actors silkily unfurling their lines will be frisson enough

July 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out
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This may be a buddy comedy on its surface, but "Bicycling With Molière" also gives some insight into the way art imitates life, and also the way life informs art.

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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It deals lightly with topics like ego, friendship, rivalry and love, and it does so within the context of an exploration of the personal and professional lives of a pair of actors.

May 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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As long as it's putting Moliere through a Pirandellian prism, Bicycling With Moliere is sophisticated fun.

May 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Orange County Register
Orange County Register
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An amiable French buddy comedy, "Bicycling With Molière" is worth a ride.

April 24, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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A comedy that frequently crosses the line separating breezy from flimsy, to be marginally enjoyed and then completely forgotten.

April 24, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
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A cosy, middlebrow showcase for its stars to practise theatrical verse and fall off their bikes.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

This is a French comedy with claws.

July 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent

Bicycling with Molière is a droll, intellectual delight, and probably one for Francophiles who have at least a vague knowledge of Molière's play The Misanthrope.

July 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Cycling with Molière gives us both a French-language fest and acting fireworks.

July 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

A sporadically enjoyable folie à deux; flippantly erudite, forgettably frothy.

July 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Some of the slapstick feels forced, but Le Guay's intertextual wit is as sharp as the performances.

July 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

A charming French comedy with a plum role for Fabrice Luchini.

July 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

It is urbane and watchable, if occasionally flimsy and lightweight, often seeming to bowl aimlessly about, like the two leads on their rickety bicycles.

July 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian

The great Fabrice Luchini adds a caustic spark to this minor-key, putting-on-a-play comedy.

July 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Thank God, or the Comédie-Française, whichever is older and senior, that good French performers still know how to make ancient French literature come alive - just about - for the popcorn crowd.

July 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

It trundles past amiably, ting-a-linging its bell, with the duck pond dead ahead.

July 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

It's not a profound film, but the hamathon between old and new thespian styles is nicely observed, if forgettable.

June 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Beautifully performed by its two leads, Cycling With Molière is a comic treat.

June 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Bicycling With Molière lacks the roughness of real life, or even the expressiveness of cinema. It plays like theater-and dinner theater at that.

April 24, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Audience Reviews for Bicycling with Moliere

A light and charming comedy that may be a bit irregular and not very well focused but has some nice dialogue and good moments of humor - and along the rehearsal of Molière's work by the leads we are given a decent exploration of the nuances in the interaction between them.
January 6, 2014

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Foreign Titles

  • Molière auf dem Fahrrad (DE)
  • Cycling With Moliere (Alceste a bicyclette) (UK)
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