The Dinner Game (Le Dīner de cons) Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
It must be that I just don't get French humor, or at least not of the sort that attracts French movie-goers to theaters like bugs to bright lights.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
If you don't like this type of movie to begin with (I don't), you won't be converted this time around.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Arthur Lazere
January 1, 2000
The targets are the obvious ones, the turnabouts are fairly predictable, the wit is thin.
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
Maybe it's a cultural thing, but I just don't find Francis Veber's brand of French farce all that funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
There were a few laughs to be had, but this is really TV sitcom material and not drama of great wit.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
June 18, 2002
Veber directs with the involving, blurry speed of a shuffled deck of cards, which is about as long as The Dinner Game lingers on screen and in the memory.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
January 1, 2000
I can't come right out and recommend this movie but it isn't a bad way to spend an evening, especially if the alternative selections don't appeal to you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
January 1, 2000
This is a comedy that may have gone over with a French- speaking audience but to Americans it's going to seem awfully predictable, obvious, and hemmed in as a photographed play.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
January 1, 2000
All dessert and no main course.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Emanuel Levy
July 7, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 14, 2008
Scared of sophisticated French cinema? This coarse comedy will restore your confidence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Time Out
February 11, 2006
The leads fill out their archetypes comfortably, the timing's well pitched, and the narrative moves busily enough. Cinematically, though, there's little of interest.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
French farce as it's rarely done these days -- well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 3, 2002
Director Francis Veber has a perfect sense of comic timing which is the heart and soul of farce.
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Villeret, a fixture in French films for two decades, is short, squat, a little bug-eyed and able to completely twist the not-so-good intentions of his host.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The funniest film this season.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 21, 2004
On its own terms, it's an idiot's delight.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000

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