Games of Love and Chance (L'Esquive) Reviews

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Erica Abeel
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Viewers here can't help but respond to the raw emotions and acting ability of the largely nonprofessional cast.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
October 14, 2005
Mostly a monotonous din of kids trashing one another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 14, 2005
Abdellatif Kechiche's beautifully observed tale of high-school kids in the projects outside Paris... plays like a Cassavetes project in a fresh, young mode.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
September 16, 2005
It is a provocative and potentially rich premise, to be sure, but the execution here is somewhat lacking.
Jordan Reed
Boxoffice Magazine
September 1, 2005
Games of Love and Chance plays like a French version of Jim McKay's Our Song. But, unlike McKay's superior American version, Kechiche is unable to transform the everyday lives of his characters into something meaningful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 31, 2005
This graceful and sympathetic look at how the lives of teenagers intersect with a work of literature won several César awards in France.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
August 31, 2005
Kechiche extracts breathtakingly disciplined performances from all of his first-time actors, and truly magical ones from Forestier as the prematurely full-blown diva Lydia and Sabrina Ouazani as Frida, her motor-mouthed partner in theatrical crime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 31, 2005
A work of drama, it's more realistic than any TV reality show.
| Original Score: 3/4
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David Ng
Village Voice
August 30, 2005
Reading between the cuss words, the movie glimpses a sunny teen innocence just before it darkens irreversibly into adulthood.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 24, 2005
The vérité fascinates, even if the artifice is obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 5, 2005
the positive messages of The Game... make it worthwhile, especially for younger auds with a spirit of adventure to see something not created for the multiplex
Full Review | Original Score: B
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 22, 2005
expertly evokes these kids' world, where a cell phone is an all important possession, hip hop slang the language of the day and their couplings the main topic of conversation.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 29, 2005
An innovative romantic coming-of-age tale set in a tough ghetto area outside Paris populated mainly by Muslim kids from North Africa.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
March 21, 2005
This isn't La Haine, it's more like Raising Victor Vargas, another surprisingly positive-minded film about urban youth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
March 21, 2005
L'Esquive consistently teeters on the brink of tragedy but dares to end on a chipper note.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net
February 16, 2005
Has a lot of promise, but despite two raw, excellent performances L'esquive does not deliver.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 4, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Russell Edwards
Variety
August 7, 2008
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Time Out
February 19, 2007
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