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Irma Vep Reviews

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Emanuel Levy

Light, playful, and self-reflexive, Assayas' film is a mi or work but it's enjoyable and boasts a graceful performance from Maggie Cheung.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

August 1, 2011
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

The post-modern compulsions on display here may bring movies together, but they also keep people apart.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 7, 2009


A wonderful tribute to filmmaking that could only be made in France, it has delightful performances and a low-budget style -- like the film it parodies -- which work beautifully.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 3, 2008
David Edelstein
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Irma Vep's director, Olivier Assayas, evinces a love of the process that's nearly as palpable as Truffaut's.

Full Review Source: Slate

March 3, 2008
David Rooney
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Slender but appealing.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 3, 2008
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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A delightfully nonchalant movie, complete with some nice satirical barbs aimed at contemporary French film culture, and fine performances throughout.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Michael Dequina

Amusing satire on French cinema and the insanity that is filmmaking.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/4

October 14, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

We just love to make movies about movies to deconstruct them, to see what's behind them.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

March 29, 2004
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Cheung, slinking around the corridors of her hotel in her sheath of shiny black latex to the dissonant chords of Sonic Youth, is an instant icon of everything cool.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/5

July 30, 2003
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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Minor but witty.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 20, 2003
Hollywood Bitchslap

Like many French products, it's quirky but not all it's cracked up to be.

| Original Score: 3/5

May 13, 2003
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

One of the few movies about making movies that captures the kinetic madness of the process. Maggie Cheung, playing herself, floats like a bemused Buddha through the maelstrom, offering a welcome sense of grace and normalcy.

| Original Score: 4/5

April 30, 2003
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Love of film is the magical point of the film.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

April 11, 2003
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

A sometimes scathing, sometimes goodnatured satire of the French film industry.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 17, 2002
Jeremy Heilman

[It] seems to function as a cinematic state of affairs, examining the functions and motivations behind the movies we see.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/4

March 5, 2002
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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As effortless as a shrug and boasts a film buff's dream cast.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

February 14, 2001
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

Irma Vep is a film full of chaos, which at times entertains and at times makes you wonder what it's all about.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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Assayas turns the camera on the behind-the-scenes process, and the results are both comic and revealing.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Scripted in ten days and shot in less than a month, the film unravels like a delirious piece of automatic writing, though in this case the sinister implications apply to a very different world -- our own.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Stephanie Zacharek
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It's a languorous love ballad, and a daring one, about the way moving pictures move, the way they hold light, the way they steal from us when we're not looking.

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January 1, 2000
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