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La grande séduction (Seducing Doctor Lewis)

La grande séduction (Seducing Doctor Lewis) (2004)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 66
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 21

A quirky and occasionally funny TV-sitcom blown up to feature length.


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 8

A quirky and occasionally funny TV-sitcom blown up to feature length.



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St. Marie-La-Mauderne is a tiny fishing village in what some may call the middle of nowhere. For eight years the locals have stood in line for weekly welfare checks, wearing patched sweaters and glum expressions, and remembering the good old days when the catch was good, the fishermen were proud, and life seemed a lot more magical. Then one day, a chance at salvation: a small company wants to build a factory on the island, but only if a full-time doctor lives in St. Marie. The situation seems

Jan 25, 2005


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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.

December 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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It's great to escape to these fantasy burgs, especially if they're as quaint and colorfully peopled as Ste. Marie-La Mauderne.

December 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

October 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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You'll enjoy spending a little time with these people, as the film performs a low-key but irresistible seduction of its own.

August 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Seducing Dr. Lewis has its warm moments, but it suffers from fuzzy thinking, and that's no way to seduce anyone.

August 6, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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La Gran Seducción es como St. Marie-La-Mauderne: una isla perdida que intenta (y casi siempre logra) seducir con pocos recursos y mucho ingenio.

October 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

French-speaking Canada's attempt to manufacture a whimsical international crowd-pleaser in the manner of such feature-length Britcoms as 'The Full Monty.'

March 25, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

...all but the most cynical of viewers will find something here to enjoy.

March 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

While it begins with a whimsical, promising and slightly bawdy bit of magical realism, it turns into a familiar, conventional and sentimental underdog tale that just won't hunt.

February 17, 2005
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

If you enjoyed Waking Ned Devine, you'll enjoy The Seduction of Dr Lewis, a delightful film about honesty and dignity.

January 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Buoyed by nostalgia for a vanishing way of life, but it's not sentimental about it.

December 9, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Too faithful to the well-worn formula of mixing homegrown eccentricity with a slathering of sentiment, and it never really takes off.

December 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

A cross between Northern Exposure and Waking Ned Devine.

October 22, 2004
Planet Sick-Boy

Ce film est du calibre des meilleures comédies que nous offre Hollywood.

October 5, 2004

A film that you'll swear you've seen before in a different language and a different place.

September 30, 2004
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

An intelligent, script-driven, well acted, well directed little story totally devoid of special effects. If you're patient and in the mood, this is a succulent morsel.

September 21, 2004 Full Review Source:

Charming but overly long, a pleasant, smile-producing movie reminiscent of doing a jigsaw puzzle at a rented beach cottage on a rainy day.

September 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Often laugh-out-loud funny.

September 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

The film has a wistful, summer-evening feel to it.

September 2, 2004 Full Review Source:

It's so full of life and character that you can't help but enjoy it.

August 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

An old-fashioned charmer and a sharp assessment of small-town life.

August 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Des Moines Register
Des Moines Register

Audience Reviews for La grande séduction (Seducing Doctor Lewis)

Charming Québecois film that I thank the Toronto Public Library for stocking. (Note to all non-Torontonians: our current mayor is trying to privatize our library system, or if not that, then cut out its heart. I'm not sure that I would ever discover under-marketed Canadian films without our library system, which would be a shame because they only rarely disappoint.)

So, about this movie itself: a very small, remote community is trying to land a factory, but the owners won't move there without there being a doctor in town. When the mayor packs up and leaves under cover of night, a local man attempts to convince the townspeople to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and show the newly arrived Dr. Lewis - exiled there as community service for a misdemeanour - the beauty and charm of small-town life. The ending is a little tidy for me, but overall it's a pleasure to watch. A movie you won't be sorry to have seen, if you can manage to track it down - check your local library first!
May 9, 2012

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Obviously a classic among 'québécois' films. And I obviously liked it because my dad plays a damn great part in it... Hehe...
July 18, 2006

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