Late August, Early September Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 3, 2008
Assayas's sense of how relationships evolve between people over time is conveyed with a rich and vivid novelistic density.
Sandra Contreras
TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 3, 2008
Assayas avoids easy resolutions, and Ali Farka Toure's score reminds us that each year brings with it a possibility that one will change the cycle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Derek Elley
Variety
March 3, 2008
A kaleidoscopic but engrossing study of the shifting sands of friendship among a group of Parisians.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
It's a bit like a Woody Allen film without the kvetching or the wisecracks, but younger and more vital.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 20, 2006
The characters are all properly engaging and interesting, but the story feels the same as many others I've seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 17, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 19, 2004
clever and thoughtful
| Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 8, 2002
Assayas puts a shiny gloss on those who choose to live loose lives...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
The cast is full of talented French actors -- Virginie Ledoyen, Francois Cluzet, Mathieu Amalric, Jeanne Balibar -- who play people with flaws and fears and who eventually reach a tender understanding.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 13, 2002
Reveals the terrible fragility of male friendship and the ways in which it often disappoints those who invest it with burdens it cannot bear.
Chris Darke
Sight and Sound
March 5, 2002
Denis Lenoir's camera is almost always on the move, shoulder-borne, shuddering or looking for blurred close-up detail to put to use in the film's transitional sequences.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
If Assayas doesn't always transport his film's events beyond the all too commonplace, his understatement can also yield moments of quiet simplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
It is, in many ways, a modest film. But a director who offers glimpses of life that are recognizable in both detail and texture isn't so common that we can afford to overlook what he has achieved here.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The results may not be completely original or thought-provoking, but on whole, the movie is refreshingly honest and heartfelt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
The cast, including Virginie Ledoyen, François Cluzet, and Mathieu Amalric, is as well coordinated as a fine chamber-music ensemble; their entrances and vanishings and re-entries play like recurring motifs.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The film doesn't leave the audience with a moral. It just leaves a sense of having been in the stimulating company of passionate people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Assayas creates among the most well-realized characters in current cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Entertainment Weekly
July 9, 1999
Full Review | Original Score: A-

Film4
March 3, 2008
The individual plot lines fit together seamlessly and the cast is easy on the eye, but this melancholy trawl through the quagmire of modern relationships is not outstanding.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
March 3, 2008
A disappointingly sterotypical French film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Irish Times
January 1, 2000
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