L'Enfant (The Child) Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
June 9, 2011

Another terrific, ultra-realistic family drama fom the talented Dardenne brothers, winner of Cannes Film Fest top prize.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009

A masterpiece

Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 3, 2007

the Dardennes have managed to concoct an engaging and often suspenseful drama without ever calling upon fancy camerawork, sensational performances, or even so much as a musical score.

Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007

Adequate, to be sure, but far from extraordinary.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 17, 2007

It doesn't need a lot of dialogue. It is able to deliver its message in almost purely cinematic terms.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 11, 2006

A film about roads and cell phones, decaying buildings and people who ought to be budding, indifference masked by buffoonery, the belief that money just floats around.

Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
September 6, 2006

An exploration of the existence of morality -- where does it come from, especially in a world as cold as what's presented here?

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
August 30, 2006

Un baldazo de realidad que confirma a los hermanos Dardenne como dos sensibles observadores de personajes marginales.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 19, 2006

It's a thin story and the film is unremarkable in cinematic terms, except for the tension that the Dardennes manage to maintain, thanks to top performances from Jérémie Renier and Déborah François

Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 30, 2006

"L'Enfant" follows in their fierce and unsparing tradition, a tale of a destitute young couple under extraordinary pressure from without and within.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006

Absolutely terrific.

Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
June 16, 2006

In the end, the film itself may be of less consequence than the emotions it stirs up in the viewer. Can we forgive the unforgivable? Should we?

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
June 9, 2006

A genuine tale of redemption.

Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
June 2, 2006

Its story appears simple, but L'Enfant offers subtle insights into Bruno's behavior as it progresses.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
June 2, 2006

A simple moral fable told with compassion and nerve.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 2, 2006

The journey and character evolution of Bruno is subtle and believable, thanks to Renier's performance.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
June 2, 2006

[The Dardennes] break down whatever barriers a more formal film might have offered the audience for protection.

| Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 27, 2006

Story thrives on how realistic, unsentimental, bleak and penetrating it is.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 26, 2006

Apesar de todas as falhas de caráter do protagonista, ainda torcemos por sua redenção %u2013 uma proeza que o filme alcança sem maniqueísmos.

| Original Score: 5/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

David Ansen
Top Critic
November 1, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic
October 7, 2006

Baltimore Sun
June 3, 2006

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