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Little White Lies Reviews

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Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
August 24, 2012
While the film has some scattered moments that are alternately funny and poignant, it too often turns overwrought and sentimental.
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
August 24, 2012
At least an hour too long; still, I found it entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 24, 2012
A film this long should end with the audience feeling it knows the characters like old friends. Instead it ends with an outside observer delivering an insight that isn't really an insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 24, 2012
Pretty easy to take, and not just because of the lovely photography of the French coast, all oyster farms and pink wine and long dinners under the trees. Because there are also these wonderful performers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
August 23, 2012
With an ensemble led by Marion Cotillard and François Cluzet, the French hit has personality to burn, and squanders most of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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August 23, 2012
Little White Lies simply tries too hard.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 23, 2012
Although these friends have some fun horsing around in the water, their conflicts and rivalries make for a tense, joyless holiday that is anything but relaxing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 23, 2012
A movie built from strung-together set pieces.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 23, 2012
Can tout a gorgeous setting, a group of appealing actors and a mastery of the art of wine-fueled conversation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
August 23, 2012
Handsome package and French spin on the Big Chill concept that convenes a group of friends back to their regular summer vacation spot on a sunny coast visually diverts, but audiences may wish for better company.
Caryn James
James on screenS
August 23, 2012
Inspired by The Big Chill, Canet's appealing homage makes deja vu seem like a good thing. His warm ensemble piece engages us right through to its final visceral punch.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
August 23, 2012
Little White Lies' fundamental problem is that it's hard to empathize with characters who have so little empathy themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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David Fear
Time Out
August 21, 2012
Canet's melodrama has earned the snarky sobriquet "the Gallic Big Chill" on the festival circuit, but that's giving this mush way too much credit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
August 21, 2012
The din of this crew's constant caviling and passive-aggressive insulting is further intensified by the puzzling, nonstop boomer soundtrack
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
August 20, 2012
The specific narrative handicaps throughout are mostly too banal to warrant exegesis, though the choice of vintage pop tunes for dramatic underscoring is particularly grating.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
August 8, 2012
If you've ever gone away with friends, living in close quarters day and night, you'll identify with this ensemble-dominated film
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
June 11, 2012
More than two hours and thirty minutes of bland images and platitude-heavy breakthroughs.
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
June 19, 2011
Some of the film's themes are a touch overdone but I'd strongly recommend this for lovers of great French cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
June 13, 2011
The clear and tangible characters become familiar to us over the course of the film, and we are privy to some of their deepest fears and longings
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
June 13, 2011
On the flip side of the humour lies the serious implication of the lies of the title, which are not only voiced but couched in self-denial
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