For better or worse, there isn't a human experience that French director Andre Techine can resist lathering into a tone poem.
Lacks sufficient focus, plausibility and an emotional core despite being provocative with a terrific ensemble cast and ...milie Dequenne's charming, radiant performance.
| Original Score: 5.91/10
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
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Techine glosses over the story's most potent issue: France's complicated relationship with its Jewish community.
Émilie Dequenne projects little in the lead; neither her passion nor her foolhardy decision to draw attention by claiming the mantle of victimhood convinces.
| Original Score: C+
A rare disappointment from André Téchiné...
| Original Score: 2/5
Every world-class director is allowed to misstep now and then, so don't be too hard on André Téchiné.
| Original Score: 6/10
Feels like two different films cobbled together, without much to connect one to the other...the disconnect between the two is huge.
It's a well-acted, but frustratingly inconclusive exercise.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The French-made drama is too aloof and measured, even when things should get more heated and emotional.
| Original Score: 2/4
The movie seems likely to be about anti-Semitism, but that's more the occasion than the subject.
| Original Score: 3/4
Although the main character's motivations remain largely a matter of conjecture, The Girl on the Train is a compelling piece of cinema.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
André Téchiné's spellbinding storytelling glosses over the issue somewhat, but never deplorably so.
| Original Score: 3/5
Techine once again displays a masterful control ofall aspects of his movie, a typically rich character study.
How do you say Tawana Brawley en Francais?
| Original Score: 4/4
A seductive drama.
| Original Score: 4/5