French Film Reviews

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Don Groves
sbs.com.au
December 31, 2010
A bland, unfunny Gallic/English stew.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Victor Olliver
Teletext
May 20, 2009
Director Oudney's great skill is to play a touch on national stereotypes (that's comedy for you) before delving into the heart of her characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Edward Porter
Times [UK]
May 17, 2009
The director, Jackie Oudney, gives Bonneville and Duff's scenes a proper romcom glow, but Aschlin Ditta's script resorts to a lot of faffing about to postpone the inevitable happy ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
May 17, 2009
The film is clever, funny and emotionally truthful and the parodies of Grimandi's films are deadly accurate.
Derek Malcolm
Shadows on the Wall
May 16, 2009
It is typically British. Which means good acting and a screenplay from Aschlin Ditta that has some shrewd moments but not an awful lot of cinematic flair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 15, 2009
Not a good film by a long stretch, but there's something so harmless about this debut directorial effort (from a script by Aschlin 'Scenes of a Sexual Nature' Ditta) that to pull it apart would be like savaging a child's first attempt at storywriting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Jon Fortgang
Film4
May 15, 2009
Sacre bleu! C'est un perky British rom a la com avec un great self-mocking performance by Eric Cantona.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
May 15, 2009
The writing - unfunny, repetitive - is barely sitcom standard; the lighting is brutal; the performances desperate.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
May 15, 2009
The result, however, is uneven: lurching from little-Englander spoofery to heartfelt emotionalising and back again - often in the same scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
May 15, 2009
This is a rich, beautifully written exploration of romantic self-delusion. The playing - particularly Bonneville - is assured and the dialogue constantly fires off cracking one-liners.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
May 15, 2009
The actors give their all, but there's not enough here that's fresh. French Film is plodding and predictable - frightfully English, and not in a good way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
May 15, 2009
A relationships drama with almost nothing to say about relationships - except that they ain't easy - the only memorable thing about this is a supporting turn by former footballer Eric Cantona.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror [UK]
May 15, 2009
An engagingly lightweight romcom.

Sun Online
May 15, 2009
This is a British film which features Eric Cantona poking fun at pretentious Gallic movies, it turns out to be surprisingly amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Karl French
Financial Times
May 15, 2009
The treatment of French cinema is rather facile, and ultimately this is no more substantial than a half-decent television sitcom, or one of the slight, love-themed sketches in Scenes of a Sexual Nature, writer Aschlin Ditta's previous credit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
May 15, 2009
Cantona provides a few bright moments in French Film, a damp squib of a romantic comedy with little in the way of wit, flair or sparkle.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 14, 2009
Engaging, frequently amusing and surprisingly thoughtful British romcom, enlivened by strong performances from its four leads and a likeable comic turn from Cantona.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 14, 2009
This romantic pastiche is rather uneven and corny, but is packed with characters who are thoroughly intriguing. We may not like them very much, but we recognise ourselves in there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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