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

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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
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For better or worse, there isn't a human experience that French director Andre Techine can resist lathering into a tone poem.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 19, 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
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com

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: Filmcritic.com | 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
Jon Frosch
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

We don't come close to understanding Jeanne's very particular choice of fabricated victimization, and Téchiné, erring too much on the side of enigma, doesn't seem to, either.

Full Review Source: The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

September 10, 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
Shawn Levy
Oregonian

Émilie Dequenne projects little in the lead; neither her passion nor her foolhardy decision to draw attention by claiming the mantle of victimhood convinces.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C+

April 29, 2010
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

A rare disappointment from André Téchiné...

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 2/5

June 3, 2010
Brandon Judell
CultureCatch

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
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
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
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The French-made drama is too aloof and measured, even when things should get more heated and emotional.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

May 20, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie seems likely to be about anti-Semitism, but that's more the occasion than the subject.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 22, 2010
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Although the main character's motivations remain largely a matter of conjecture, The Girl on the Train is a compelling piece of cinema.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

April 22, 2010
Sloan Freer
Radio Times

The film's complex political and social themes are frustratingly simplified, reducing events to bare-bones implausibility and making empathy hard despite the impressively subtle performances.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

June 3, 2010
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
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies

André Téchiné's spellbinding storytelling glosses over the issue somewhat, but never deplorably so.

| Original Score: 3/5

June 4, 2010
Richard Knight
Windy City Times

Techine once again displays a masterful control ofall aspects of his movie, a typically rich character study.

Full Review Source: Windy City Times

May 11, 2010
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze

How do you say Tawana Brawley en Francais?

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

February 20, 2010
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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A seductive drama.

| Original Score: 4/5

January 22, 2010

Christian Science Monitor
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