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

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
June 2, 2010
The film's big strength is its unwillingness to dish out easy answers
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 29, 2010
A movie whose blitheness doesn't know when to quit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 29, 2010
Although this stylish and ominously paced vehicle starts with a full itinerary, it never makes a vital connection.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 22, 2010
The Girl on the Train reverberates with a quiet, seductive power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 22, 2010
The movie seems likely to be about anti-Semitism, but that's more the occasion than the subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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
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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+
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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-
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David Fear
Time Out
January 20, 2010
Téchiné offers a character study in lieu of context for the similar 2007 hoax that threw the French press into a tizzy, and like many of his best films, this what-if examination works best as an actors' showcase.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 20, 2010
The film is based on a play, but it is to the director's credit that it never shows the claustrophobic trappings of a proscenium stage.
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
January 19, 2010
For better or worse, there isn't a human experience that French director Andre Techine can resist lathering into a tone poem.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
January 19, 2010
Techine fashions a brilliantly complex, intimate multi-strander, held together but somewhat skewed by the central perf of Emilie Dequenne.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
January 19, 2010
At the age of sixty-six, [Téchiné] approaches the exploits of his characters with a gusto, and a willingness to be led astray, that borders on the adolescent.
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Bernard Besserglik
Hollywood Reporter
April 3, 2009
The movie is held together...by the fluidity of his style and his characteristic blend of lightness and gravity.