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Love Me If You Dare (Jeux d'enfants) (2004)

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44

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 79
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 44

The romantic leads are too obnoxious and self-centered to generate interest or sympathy.

41

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 16

The romantic leads are too obnoxious and self-centered to generate interest or sympathy.

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Average Rating: 4.2/5
User Ratings: 41,710

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Julien is endlessly energetic and precociously brilliant, but unable to bear the heartbreak of his mother's impending death. Sohpie is wildly imaginative, mischievous and determined to be different, yet in search of someone who'll both accept and love her. When they meet one another, everything changes. They begin what seems to be a child's momentary amusement. Soon, the game has become something far more larger and thrilling than the sad and disappointing world around them.

Oct 19, 2004

$0.4M

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All Critics (88) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (44) | DVD (9)

Movie characters don't have to be nice, but they do need to be interesting. Nastiness without intrigue translates, in whatever language, to 'annoying.'

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Love Me If You Dare is far from everybody's cup of latte, but for those willing to take that dare, it has plenty to chew on.

July 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Melds the magic of childhood memories with the pain of unrequited love.

June 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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There's an outlaw fascination in watching two people for whom going too far is never far enough.

June 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The problem is, the characters eventually start to seem like a couple of idiots.

June 4, 2004
Detroit News
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The elegantly photographed, unconventional French romance was apparently intended as a valentine to individual liberation. If so, rarely has the line between individual liberation and selfish irresponsibility seemed so blurry.

June 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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What a wonderful and demented love story!

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

It twinkles itself right into a rubber room.

December 7, 2004 Full Review Source: The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

For his feature film debut, director Yann Samuell mainlines into Amelie for inspiration but can scarcely muster a contact high.

October 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Has a gimmicky, inventive style like Amelie, but the comedy has a very nasty edge.

September 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

The dreamlike amber washes and comic visual asides stress the otherness of the pair's reality, but seem to offer a limp excuse for their deluded exemption from empathy.

September 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Love Me If You Dare presents a...cynical and often downright cruel perspective on relationships, though the film's bubbly look keeps it from becoming too dark.

August 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Samuell's naivety and inexperience lead to this being an uncomfortable, if intriguing, mess.

August 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Entertaining and appalling at once, an exercise in aesthetics that replaces the traditional unities with paradox, irony and cynicism.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A romantic dark comedy that'll have you scratching your head anew at what [the French] considers entertainment.

July 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Ultimately, viewers will have to ask themselves if they're game; those who are will be in for quite a ride.

July 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The story was so artificially sour that it seemed ludicrous, unimportant and unbelievable.

July 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It doesn't point toward a new way to live our lives; it smugly applauds the 'radical' choices of one self-absorbed, sociopathic boy-girl couple.

July 2, 2004
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Saved by the performances of Canet and Cotillard, who find the desperate romantic yearning beneath their characters' selfish and cruel behavior.

July 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Gag me with a croque monsieur.

June 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Samuell has his gorgeous but borderline-psychopathic characters devise nasty pranks that not only strike each other in the hearts but inflict much collateral damage.

June 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Provides an enjoyable ride, even if style wins out over substance.

June 15, 2004 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

The leads in Love Me If You Dare, both juvenile and adult, are charming (if not quite in the Audrey Tautou range), and the cinematography and special effects are expertly done.

June 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Audience Reviews for Love Me If You Dare (Jeux d'enfants)

Artsy fartsy French film...never could get into this kind too much.
December 3, 2013
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

Not only is every scene between mother and son hideously corny and sentimental, but it is almost impossible to put up with two sociopaths so utterly immature, disgusting and loathsome amid conflicts that are all childish, irritating and artificial.
February 24, 2013
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

Juvenile and selfish, Love Me If You Dare dares to entertain in an appalling manner depicting an affair adulterated by irrationality, irresponsibility, and immaturity. Inspired by Amélie in cinematic behavior and approach, Love Me If You Dare is an intriguing confusion communicating offensive and embarrassing messages aggravated by improper humor.
September 19, 2011
Jan Marc Macababayao

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Movies Like Love Me If You Dare (Jeux d'enfants)

    1. Julien: Being an adult means to have a speedometer that marks 210 and not driving over 60.
    – Submitted by Andrea M (11 months ago)
    1. Sophie: Don't say a word. Let me talk. You missed me? Because I missed you. You're a real tyrant. It's so hard to be mad at you. But don't kid yourself, I still am. I want to talk and forget the game, just for once. Like my dress? I hesitated. Nabbed it off my sister. She has another red one, like a thermonuclear bombshell... That's the one I should've worn. I must've spent... three hours in front of the mirror. But I got there, see? I'm pretty. You better like it, or I'll kill you!
    – Submitted by Andrea M (11 months ago)
    1. Sophie: Tell me that you love me first because I'm afraid that if I tell you first you'll think that I'm playing the game.
    – Submitted by Andrea M (11 months ago)
    1. Julien: Friends are like specs. They make you look clever,but get scratched and you tire.
    – Submitted by Nusfish K (2 years ago)
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