Although there's some meat on the menu, "Delicacy" ends up as lightly sugared and as gently bent as a fortune cookie.
| Original Score: 3/4
It never hits the target, but its sincerity is surely preferable to the machine-tooled slickness of Hollywood models.
| Original Score: 3/5
"Delicacy" isn't going to set anybody's psyche on fire with its insights into grieving and emotional recovery, but as a crepe-thin romantic snack, it has its moments.
Their princess-frog courtship has some funny moments, but the trauma and ongoing adjustment of someone losing a spouse is downplayed too much for the story to be entirely convincing.
A charming French love story about a beautiful widow and the schlub who loves her.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
From its very title, it's clear that "Delicacy" aims to be a sweet, light French trifle. That it is.
"Delicacy'' walks a cautious line between realism and shaggy-dog whimsy, and its hesitancy comes to grate as much as it charms.
Delicacy is a small, bittersweet romance about getting over the loss of a loved one - if that's possible - and moving on.
"Delicacy" is not a very good movie. But it is entertaining enough -- barely enough -- to make it worth seeing.
"Delicacy" is a sweetheart of a love story, and cornball from stem to stern.
Sensitive and well acted and fits under the general category of "good movie," and yet it would be hard to get excited about it.
When you have Audrey Tautou's face to look at, you almost don't need a movie to go with it - it's nearly enough just to stare at the "Amélie" star's enormous brown eyes, apple-round mouth and bouncing dark curls...
The two stars appear to be as bewildered by the turn of events as we are.
| Original Score: C
Delicacy ends on a wonderful bittersweet note, but getting there isn't as effortless as you might want it to be.
This sort of airy confection, which relies so heavily on Tautou's pixieish appeal, is a step backwards for her. She's a perfectly capable actress, and ought to hold out for meatier roles.
| Original Score: 2/5
The movie is a pleasant way to spend time in the dark, especially for Francophiles, but it won't leave any lasting impression.
| Original Score: 2/4
It's small. It's slight. It's sweet. It's a "Delicacy" - and meant to be savored.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
It's a rebound-romance movie that's simplistic but sweet, an uncomplicated cinematic bonbon.
It's a lightweight romance that occasionally shows a sense of humor but seems afraid to turn it loose.
Delicacy is phony in ways that might seem drearily familiar to audiences weaned on American romantic comedies.
[A] dainty, inconsequential romantic dramedy, the first film from brothers David and Stéphane Foenkinos.
Tautou is fine but clearly typecast as another whimsical pixie with strong melancholy undercurrents.
This all-too timid affair features decent turns from stars Audrey Tautou and Francois Damiens, who do what they can with a threadbare plot and by-the-book direction.