The Girl on the Train (La Fille du RER) Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 6, 2010
The Girl on the Train is a bit of a crime caper, but crimes of the heart, indeed, defects of personality, are what veteran filmmaker Téchiné is about here, with spotty success.
Dan Lybarger
eFilmCritic.com
March 26, 2010
Unlike a lot of ripped from the headlines films, André Téchiné's 'The Girl on the Train' makes no effort to surprise viewers with unflattering or tragic revelations about its protagonists.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 26, 2010
It's a well-acted, but frustratingly inconclusive exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 25, 2010
Like Techine's best films, the movie appears to be a story about nothing - until it suddenly becomes a meditation on the vagaries of the human heart.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 18, 2010
This is Téchiné's gift -- not just detail, but telling detail; and not just slices of life, but slices as rich as a cassata cake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 18, 2010
Her act causes a bit of trouble, but thankfully Téchiné does not focus on it; instead he's interested in the truthful reactions of the characters, their combination of hurt and relief.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
February 20, 2010
How do you say Tawana Brawley en Francais?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 19, 2010
Don't expect any kind of neo-documentary examination of cause and effect. That's not filmmaker Andre Techine's style, and this is one of his most successful films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brandon Judell
CultureCatch
January 30, 2010
Every world-class director is allowed to misstep now and then, so don't be too hard on André Téchiné.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 23, 2010
Lacks sufficient focus, plausibility and an emotional core despite being provocative with a terrific ensemble cast and ...milie Dequenne's charming, radiant performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.91/10
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 22, 2010
It is Dequenne who holds the film together -- she and Téchiné's youthful touch, which belies his 66 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
January 22, 2010
A seductive drama.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
January 21, 2010
Techine glosses over the story's most potent issue: France's complicated relationship with its Jewish community.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
January 21, 2010
Given several years' distance from the media blitz, Téchiné brings clarity, maturity, and perspective to the case while still subtly addressing all the thorny social issues the affair touched off.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 21, 2010
A complex and well-acted French film about lying and other deceptions that bring dark clouds and bad weather into the lives of the characters
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
January 21, 2010
Though told with verve and acted with diamond-like preciseness, it never plumbs the core of its story, and so risks being as serene and unreflective as Jeanne herself
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
January 20, 2010
There might have been deeper currents of envy and displaced shame to plumb in the case of Girl on the Train, but for once this reliably penetrating filmmaker hasn't found them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
January 20, 2010
...exuberant but unfocused drama about a recent French news story that caused a sensation before being exposed as bogus. Jewish-themed elements may also help fill seats.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 20, 2010
Téchiné has made a half-captivating, half-baffling tease of a movie in which one woman's destructive whim has the effect of making anti-Semitism look like a myth.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
January 20, 2010
Feels like two different films cobbled together, without much to connect one to the other...the disconnect between the two is huge.
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