The Concert (Le concert) Reviews

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 22, 2011
"The Concert" builds beautifully from a farcical premise that requires a suspension of disbelief to a musical climax that washes away our cynicism in a wave of honest tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 24, 2011
"The Concert" is manipulative, overly sentimental, sometimes ludicrous and almost completely irresistible.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 8, 2010
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
October 8, 2010
Benefits from clever editing and a credible cinematic representation of the ineffable power of music to ignite the human spirit. Sadly, the magic is way too long in the making.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rachel Saslow
Washington Post
August 6, 2010
The Concert was so unfunny, I had to consult IMDB.com to make sure that it was indeed listed as a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 6, 2010
It ends in a place of transcendent emotion that sends everyone out of the theater in a swirl of transport.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 6, 2010
It's as if the movie simmers unevenly for an hour and a half, and suddenly bursts into glorious flame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 5, 2010
The Concert is a breakneck melodrama that milks laughs and wrings tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 5, 2010
Even though the grand finale is not without some arm-twisting, The Concert is a passable, sometimes skillful farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
August 5, 2010
It acknowledges grief, horror, and loss, but never lets it get in the way of a big, bright laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 30, 2010
An art-house trap, the cinematic equivalent of one of those salads that turns out to have more calories than a Big Mac.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 30, 2010
Mihaileanu keeps this French production flowing buoyantly, skittering past all manner of improbabilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 30, 2010
A messy, comedic sprawl that leaks at the seams.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Natasha Senjanovic
Hollywood Reporter
July 30, 2010
[A] warm, witty fairy-tale.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 28, 2010
This former violist can vouch that Laurent does a bravura job of fake fiddle playing, and Guskov's baton work as a conductor is exemplary.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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David Fear
Time Out
July 28, 2010
You can pinpoint the moment that Radu Milhaileanu's simpering music drama mounts a full-frontal heartstring assault.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
July 27, 2010
Beyond fans of Mélanie Laurent, The Concert may appeal to those who delight in stereotypes.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
July 15, 2010
In which we learn, once more, that you can take utter tosh, douse it in classical music and -- voilà! -- you've got classy tosh masquerading as something meaningful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
July 7, 2010
The story regurgitates the usual trappings of underdog tales, milking stereotypes as well as tear ducts.