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Comme une Image (Look at Me) (Like an Image) (2005)

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87

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 98
Fresh: 85 | Rotten: 13

An observant drama-comedy about self absorption.

94

Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 2

An observant drama-comedy about self absorption.

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 4,088

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This is the tale of four people who know exactly what they'd do if they were somebody else, but can't handle being themselves very well. Very simply, they are struggling to find out who they are. Lolita Cassard is a young woman of 20 years who has it in for the entire world because she doesn't look like the girls in glossy magazines or like her young mother-in-law. She would so much like to feel beautiful, at least in her father's eyes, if only her father's eyes could find her. Etienne Cassard

Aug 9, 2005

$1.6M

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The pleasure of the film, as in many French films from Renoir to Rohmer, is in the exactitude of observation, the accuracy of the portrait and the elegance of the writing.

May 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Both an implicit protest against the blindness of power and an equally fervent protest against the acquiescence of men and women who are too weak or too compromised to stand up for themselves -- that is, most people.

May 21, 2005
New Yorker
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At best, a most watchable character study of lives that are more interesting than compelling.

May 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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[Has] a light, sometimes hilarious touch.

May 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Jaoui sets her wryly observant sights on family, artistic ambition and the tyranny of physical appearance, and the result is a bright, briskly moving film whose modest scale belies the universality of its themes.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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An overrated mound of misery.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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"Look at Me" is a wholesome work of fully rounded dramaturgy that spins on a gyroscope of sustained emotional momentum.

June 8, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Examines a variety of questions, such as superficiality versus substance, materialism versus self-worth, and taking advantage of others versus forming sincere relationships.

June 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics
Princeton Town Topics

Sadly, too much focus is spent on showing character traits that any kind of coherent story or compassion for characters is destroyed.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Forces the audience to ride the waves of some complicated relationships without having a built-in hero or heroine for which to root.

August 19, 2005
Fresno Bee

a sharp illustration of how it feels to resent someone you know you're supposed to love.

August 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Agnès Jaoui's second film is the type of light, Foucauldian romantic comedy that only the French can make.

June 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

(...) Una comedia humana que incluso depara, según la sensibilidad de cada uno, varias notas de emoción.

June 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

The work of a wry, generous filmmaker who wants to sympathize with even her most self-centered characters...

May 27, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A biting and insightful tale of life in Parisian literary circles, and how celebrity and ambition can send ripples through relationships.

May 27, 2005 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Bacri and Jaoui happens to have a soft spot for their countrymen, which results in a warm, funny movie for us to like, too.

May 26, 2005 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

Perhaps because she is also an actress, Jaoui understands motivation and interaction, and, with co-star Jean-Pierre Bacri, who plays the father, creates characters of substance and dimension out of scraps of human weakness.

May 26, 2005
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Jaoui is something of a romantic, yes, but she's also a bit of a cynic - or at least an amused realist.

May 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Although little about the story seems surprising or spontaneous, the film's delights lie in its acute observation of the characters and their interactions.

May 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Flawlessly acted and meticulously observed.

May 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

...does more than flatter its audience's sense of taste.

May 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

But add up these formidable parts and all you get is still a distant story of wealthy and miserable French literati stewing in their own self-contempt.

May 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Look at Me confirms what The Taste of Others suggested - that Jaoui has a sharp talent for cutting through the self-absorbed baloney of the French bourgeoisie.

May 13, 2005
Salt Lake Tribune

Audience Reviews for Comme une Image (Look at Me) (Like an Image)

considering this script was a winner at the 2004 Cannes film festival, my expectations for this 'comedy' were much higher than this film's execution. finely acted, wonderfully self-absorbed characters, good script, but something was lost in the translation.
April 17, 2009
bookmunki

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Exposes human relations they way they sadly happen to be. an impressive, mature, bitter and thought-provoking drama.
August 31, 2007
pier007

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Not the best to come out of the French cinema lately but not a bad Sunday afternoon flick to think about self image.
November 7, 2010
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

This is about a girl's relationship with her father, who is a famous and wealthy writer. Lolita can't get her father's attention, since he is too self-absorbed to notice her. Most people in her life seem to use Lolita to find a way to meet her father. Her self-esteem is eroded further by being a bit overweight and her beautiful young stepmother. This movie shows human relationships as they are.
August 6, 2011
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