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God Is Great, and I'm Not (Dieu est grand, je suis toute petite) (2001)

tomatometer

24

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 19

Silly and superficial, with annoying characters.

15

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 11

Silly and superficial, with annoying characters.

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37

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Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 3,842

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The star of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 2001 hit Amélie, Audrey Tautou is cast in this romantic comedy as Michèle, a 20-year-old model who has just broken up with her boyfriend and is mired in an identity crisis. Although her life appears to be full, she is convinced something is missing, and thus sets out on a mission to inject a bit of spirituality into her life, donning a bindi and dabbling with Buddha. Along the way, she meets François (Edouard Baer), a veterinarian and non-practicing Jew. Before

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Pascale Bailly, Alain Tasma

May 11, 2004

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You could watch a heroine barrel into a messy romance all day, provided that she's a lot less dopey than this, but few of Michele's foibles make us sympathize with her.

July 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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The film is a confusing melange of tones and styles, one moment a romantic trifle and the next a turgid drama.

May 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The plot grows thin soon, and you find yourself praying for a quick resolution.

March 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Although God Is Great addresses interesting matters of identity and heritage, it's hard to shake the feeling that it was intended to be a different kind of film.

February 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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This off-putting French romantic comedy is sure to test severely the indulgence of fans of Amélie.

January 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Audrey Tatou has a knack for picking roles that magnify her outrageous charm, and in this literate French comedy, she's as morning-glory exuberant as she was in Amélie.

January 30, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Bailly intends to dissect the fragile psyche of a free spirited non-Jewish fashion model,but for me, the important subject of the film is Francois, a quasi-handsome Jewish veterinarian living in Paris, who has a latent but ongoing identity crisis.

August 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Bangitout.com
Bangitout.com

There's much to criticize about this somewhat farcical romantic comedy, but the talent, beauty and pixieish whimsy of Audrey Tautou isn't one of them.

July 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

It's barely got enough material for a 24-minute episode of Friends, let alone enough juice to solve the mysteries of the universe.

April 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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I was trying to decide what annoyed me most about God is Great... I'm Not, and then I realized that I just didn't care.

May 16, 2003 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

An incredibly irritating comedy about thoroughly vacuous people...manages to embody the worst excesses of nouvelle vague without any of its sense of fun or energy.

March 6, 2003 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

God is great, the movie's not.

February 21, 2003 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

You can practically smell the patchouli oil.

February 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Michele is a such a brainless flibbertigibbet that it's hard to take her spiritual quest at all seriously.

November 8, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A light-hearted French film about the spiritual quest of a fashion model seeking peace of mind while in a love affair with a veterinarian who is a non-practicing Jew.

November 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for God Is Great, and I'm Not (Dieu est grand, je suis toute petite)

I had high hopes for this, as every Audrey Tatou film I have ever seen has been especially cute and quirky, but I still don't know what to make of this melange of artistic style and pretension. It's obviously trying to be a romantic comedy or at least an eccentric take on relationships, but it's simply just annoying. The premise of the film is that a lax Jew starts dating a seriously messed up woman who is trying to find herself through Buddhism, Catholicism, and finally Judaism. Eventually she becomes intense on the subject and wants him to re-experience his faith. This could have been fairly deep, but they try to work in so much more including abortion, attempted suicide, and life after love. It's a cacophony of Tatou's strange oddness and yet her perseverance to find some semblance in meaning when she does something she finds morally reprehensible. The beginning, that includes her breakdown and subsequent anxiety, worked really well and made me think the rest of the film would be deep and poignant. Instead it became a feeding frenzy for Edouard Baer's character and Tatou's to fall in love all the while fighting. Though they have this amazing chemistry that simply sizzles onscreen, their actual dialogue is so annoying and useless that I actually became enraged while reading the subtitles and listening to their whiny voices complain about each other's every flaw. The film incorporate chapters, highlighted with notepaper shots, and sometimes uses scenes in English. I suppose this was for a global market, but I don't see how a small film like this could have had any impact anyway. It's usually touted as a light romantic comedy but nothing about this is ever light. Everything is over the top and overly dramatic. The plot is so disjointed that I can't surely tell if what I'm seeing is the full timeline, or a memory, or this rambling set of events that make sense in this strange world they've created. The film ends with to be continued, but no sequel was made, and if they were going to leave it like that all along, it's just a lazy, empty gesture. I am so sad about this film; I may have to have faith in someone else.
December 19, 2011
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Well, watching this many french Audrey Tautou movies was bound to lead me to a bad one. Totally lame movie about a girl who tries to be Jewish to be with some A- hole guy. Not really worth paying attention too, and so I did some crossword puzzles at I watched.
December 13, 2007
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