The best thing about Seducing Dr. Lewis is that, like the villagers, director Pouliot and writer Ken Scott seem to grow the story, and our affection for these characters, organically.
| Original Score: 3/4
It's great to escape to these fantasy burgs, especially if they're as quaint and colorfully peopled as Ste. Marie-La Mauderne.
| Original Score: 4/5
Heart-warming fun it is, and heck, after getting to know its quirky people, it might not be that bad moving to Ste. Marie-la- Mauderne.
You'll enjoy spending a little time with these people, as the film performs a low-key but irresistible seduction of its own.
Seducing Dr. Lewis has its warm moments, but it suffers from fuzzy thinking, and that's no way to seduce anyone.
| Original Score: 2/4
Sails by on charm and confident character acting, even if it's navigating well-charted waters.
So disarming, it's hard to say anything but good things about it.
Has the cozy, genteel warmth of a well-worn blanket.
A movie that reminds viewers benumbed by big movies of the joys of being small, of the deep laughs to be found just beneath a simple surface.
| Original Score: B+
A genuine feel-good movie -- nothing memorable, nothing brilliant, but guaranteed to put you in a good mood.
| Original Score: B
Has a quick-thinking, screwball exuberance that doesn't strain itself.
It's all fitfully amusing, thanks in large part to Bouchard's richly comic performance, but the movie is never very involving, and it overstays its welcome by a good, long while.
What follows is only moderately amusing and almost totally lacking in suspense, surprise or even uncertainly.
Wears out its welcome some 20 minutes or so before the end, and leaves the nagging sensation that all this has been done before, and better.
The makers of Seducing Doctor Lewis have a cute idea, but they milk it for all they can, sometimes to the point of embarrassment.
There's shrewd wit to Pouliot's gentle, no-bull farce.
No more than a TV sitcom stretched to feature length. All that's missing is the laugh track.
| Original Score: 2/4
One of those infuriating comedies that practically nudges you in the ribs while you're watching to remind you how cute and funny it is.
A slow-simmering treat.
| Original Score: 3/5
Pouliot's direction remains as taut as it began -- he's not above broad farce, but never dips too far into the maudlin well. Neither does the cast.
The first feature directed by Jean-François Pouliot finds humor in small-town idiosyncrasies, and also in economic hardship.
Occasional hilarity ensues.