Café de Flore Reviews

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Steve Macfarlane
Slant Magazine
October 30, 2012
Jean-Marc Vallée deploys a pretty sweeping arsenal of clichés in shoving his camera through the characters' streams of consciousness.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
May 14, 2012
The double-barrelled plot demonstrates great imagination. It's a shame that it amounts to so little.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
October 31, 2012
The film's delicately curated textures are flushed down the toilet of narrative contrivance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Gallagher
The List
April 17, 2012
Vallée appears content to put his audience through the emotional wringer for no discernible purpose, and the result is a film that is objectionable and ultimately pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
January 18, 2013
An intriguingly unconventional drama that revels in dreamy interludes, stream-of-consciousness montages and weighty drama - but that never lives up to its stylistic promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 30, 2012
An overlong film that half works.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 9, 2012
Goes from intriguing to irritating.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 8, 2012
Feels less like a movie than like a cinematic jigsaw puzzle whose agitation undermines the very continuity it wants to portray.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Brian Miller
Village Voice
November 1, 2012
This mushy, mystical French-Canadian melodrama tries to make parallel a pair of love stories: one between preteens with Down syndrome in 1969 Paris, and the second between a Quebecois DJ and his new amour some 40 years later.
Mike McCahill
Guardian
May 10, 2012
Remove the subtitles, and it's one of Cameron Crowe's head-in-the-clouds dramas, as scripted by M Night Shyamalan...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
November 16, 2012
It's terribly long and repetitive for so delicately dreamy a diptych, and at times the modern-day story feels like little more than a drawn-out apologia for the wandering male gaze.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Omer Ali
Little White Lies
May 10, 2012
Disappointing, frustrating nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
October 16, 2012
Acting and soundtrack are spot-on but the frequent jump-cuts and lack of a compelling comparison between families work against the film's success.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
November 22, 2012
The cumulative effect is more tedious than profound.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
May 12, 2012
The French story is fascinating and beautifully acted, the French-Canadian one is romantic daytime TV drivel, and the links between them - mystic, metaphysical, musical - do not lead towards resonance or enlightenment.
Tom Dawson
Total Film
May 10, 2012
An overlong, emotionally shallow study of so-called 'twin flames', possible reincarnation and learning to let go of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
November 5, 2012
Decade-hopping metaphysical romance descends into overwrought histrionics.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
November 22, 2012
A forgettable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

Sun Online
May 10, 2012
After an exasperatingly lengthy build-up, the secret link between the two stories turns out to be utterly ridiculous, leaving a bad taste at the close.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Gabrielle Lipton
Paste Magazine
November 9, 2012
As abstract as the film is in theory, it is brought together with the conclusiveness of finishing a puzzle with no missing pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.8/10
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
September 9, 2011
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