Everybody's Famous! Reviews

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Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
November 14, 2001
With so many great documentaries and foreign films each year, why does the Academy so often come up with second-rate choices in these two categories?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Ochieng
Filmcritic.com
November 2, 2001
Everybody's Famous! starts out as a triumphant commentary on what it takes to achieve celebrity and the wealth it promises. But as the film progresses, it becomes wildly tedious and wacky.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
November 2, 2001
De Pauw has one of those soulful, comedically inclined faces that invites instant empathy, and the rest of the cast is likewise well chosen.
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
August 14, 2001
You have to like a movie that, in its rosy denouement, proclaims giddily, 'It's a great day for Flemish showbiz!'
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Jennie Punter
Toronto Star
August 10, 2001
The ideas are not pushed nearly as far or with as much success as they are in, for example, King Of Comedy, The Icicle Thief (the 1989 Italian comedy) or even Ed TV, for that matter.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
August 10, 2001
Dominique Deruddere's film is at heart all soft and squishy.
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
August 6, 2001
Yes, I admit it, the film's corny, but there's nothing wrong with this can of sweet, imported niblets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Leslie Katz
San Francisco Examiner
August 2, 2001
These themes have been handled with more depth on I Love Lucy and The Brady Bunch.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 2, 2001
Deruddere muddles the film by not allowing much variation in mood.
Tom Sander
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 27, 2001
The performances are ... flat, unfunny and uninvolving.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
July 27, 2001
Perky but spineless.
Kim Morgan
Oregonian
July 27, 2001
Writer-director Deruddere pads his cynicism with sugar. The mixture doesn't work.
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
July 27, 2001
Often loses focus and wanders, unsure of where it wants to go.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 27, 2001
A funny idea in search of a funny execution.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 26, 2001
Who in the world is in charge of foreign film Oscar nominations? And what hints of greatness did they see in this artlessly benign little comedy?
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 20, 2001
A sweet and heartwarming story even as it celebrates and justifies the entire ridiculous phenomenon that Deruddere has been spoofing all along.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jim Judy
Screen It!
July 20, 2001
An amiable and generally entertaining, albeit small scale picture.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
July 20, 2001
An entertaining enough oddity, goosed by the added interest of its report on the high level of acting talent from Belgium.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 19, 2001
Synthetic, bubble-headed.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 19, 2001
The movie ... was one of this year's Oscar nominees for best foreign film, leading one to wonder what films were passed over to make room for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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