Little White Lies (2012)

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French box-office sensation Little White Lies is a sparkling comedic drama from Guillaume Canet, the writer-director of the worldwide smash hit Tell No One. Bringing together the top names from France's current generation of actors, including Jean Dujardin, Marion Cotillard and Francois Cluzet, Canet weaves a joyous and heartfelt film out of the dilemmas of eight thirty- and forty-something close friends. With its nostalgic soundtrack of classic hit songs from Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama , Art House & International , Comedy
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In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 5, 2013
Box Office: $0.2M
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as Juliette

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Critic Reviews for Little White Lies

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (27)

"Little White Lies" is a bit too long, but has plenty of Gallic charm.

Full Review… | October 11, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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A sprawling, initially engaging French comedy-drama that became a hit in France but ultimately underwhelms.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
Seattle Times
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The script is banal, but the acting company and the locations are easy on the eyes.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The overall tone of "Little White Lies" feels off, or maybe it just doesn't translate to American audiences.

Full Review… | September 13, 2012
Boston Globe
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At times, it's amusing. At times, it's tragic. At times, it's romantic. But, like many vacations, it's way, way too long.

Full Review… | September 13, 2012
ReelViews
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As the movie wears on ... the melodrama amps up to a final scene capable of draining any remaining pathos.

Full Review… | September 7, 2012
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Little White Lies

½

While one of their members is ailing, a group of friends proceeds with their yearly vacation.
This film is a modern French version of The Big Chill. One can even draw one-to-one comparisons between the characters: Francois Cluzet's character = Kevin Kline's character, Jean Dujardin's character = Kevin Costner's character, Marion Cotillard's character = a combination of Meg Tilly's and Mary Kay Place's characters. It even has many of the same songs. It's okay to imitate, especially when a film is imitating one of the best, and The Big Chill is a superior film. But there are two important aspects of comparison that I consider relevant to evaluating Little White Lies. First, The Big Chill's characters could be reduced to types, but by the end of the film, the individual qualities of these character cause them to rise above the cliche type: the philosophical justifications behind Jeff Goldblum's character make him more interesting than the horny guy type. The same is true with Little White Lies; the scene outside Lea's apartment in Paris makes Gilles Lillouche's character more interesting than his horny guy type. This is where the French version succeeds, but The Big Chill, in addition to being an interesting film in itself, it's also a cultural critique, capturing the ennui and disappointment and failures of the Baby Boomer generation. It may be that Little White Lies makes a similar cultural critique for French audiences, but it doesn't translate, and including the sixties nostalgia songs that graced The Big Chill only serves to muddy the film's message.
Overall, this is a strong film with excellent performances and esprit de corps, but the film's larger context makes it less than its idols.

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Jim Hunter

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With a first-rate cast and a great soundtrack, this is a compelling film that already begins in an impressive plan-séquence. Warm-hearted and funny, though with a maudlin conclusion, it centers on a group of characters who are flawed and entirely human - like they should be.

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Carlos Magalhães

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Some of the best character development I've ever seen.
Also, this is the first movie that ever made me cry in theatres.
I pretty much loved it and decided to overcome its flaws, which actually allow the viewer to omit them only if they have a heart. Cause this movie is going straight for yours.

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Emile Tremblay

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