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

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

April 6, 2010
Dan Lybarger

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 Source: | Original Score: 4/5

March 26, 2010
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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It's a well-acted, but frustratingly inconclusive exercise.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 26, 2010
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald

March 25, 2010
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 18, 2010
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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 Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

March 18, 2010
Kam Williams

How do you say Tawana Brawley en Francais?

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 4/4

February 20, 2010
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 19, 2010
Brandon Judell

Every world-class director is allowed to misstep now and then, so don't be too hard on André Téchiné.

Full Review Source: CultureCatch | Original Score: 6/10

January 30, 2010
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

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 Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 5.91/10

January 23, 2010
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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It is Dequenne who holds the film together -- she and Téchiné's youthful touch, which belies his 66 years.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

January 22, 2010
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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A seductive drama.

| Original Score: 4/5

January 22, 2010
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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Techine glosses over the story's most potent issue: France's complicated relationship with its Jewish community.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 21, 2010
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

January 21, 2010
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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 Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

January 21, 2010
Chris Barsanti

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 Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 21, 2010
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 20, 2010
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

...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.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 20, 2010
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

January 20, 2010
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Feels like two different films cobbled together, without much to connect one to the other...the disconnect between the two is huge.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

January 20, 2010
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