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

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Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
June 11, 2004

The kind of precious whimsy that you want to squash.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 10, 2004

The picture is the equivalent of a little boy eating a worm to impress the little girl he has a crush on.

Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 10, 2004

At first, the movie feels and looks inventive -- charming, even -- but when the semi-adorable moppets mutate into morally repugnant adults, its appeal quickly dissipates.

| Original Score: 1.5/4
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic
June 10, 2004

There's an outlaw fascination in watching two people for whom going too far is never far enough.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
June 10, 2004

Exasperating, annoying and unlikable.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
June 5, 2004

Doesn't quite hang together.

David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 4, 2004

Like a cutout without backing, the star figures being either adorable (if you care to indulge) or very irritating.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Tom Long
Detroit News
Top Critic
June 4, 2004

The problem is, the characters eventually start to seem like a couple of idiots.

| Original Score: D+
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
June 4, 2004

[V]eers wildly from icky instances of near-incest to repulsive demonstrations of emotional brutality...

Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 3, 2004

Writer-director Yann Samuell is a wizard, crafting a movie universe that steals a little of Amelie's fantastical whimsy and a little of Run Lola Run's pedal-to-the-metal energy.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic
June 3, 2004

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.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
Top Critic
June 3, 2004

It is not to be missed.

Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
May 29, 2004

A precariously bold, light-hearted dark comedy...

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
May 29, 2004

Absolutely wonderful to look at.

| Original Score: 4/5
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
Top Critic
May 29, 2004

Has all the visual attributes and surface charm of Amelie.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
May 28, 2004

It stretches to the snapping point the French tendency to forgive lovers' transgressions, while presenting as love interests a pair of cretins whose casual cruelty and immature antics render them entirely loathsome.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Top Critic
May 28, 2004

In this toxic tale of young psychopaths in love, the stylish, often stunning visuals are ultimately outmatched by the repellent protagonists at the story's center.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
May 28, 2004

Apparently, the idea of their passion is enough to save them from a life of boredom -- if only it had the same happy effect on us.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
May 28, 2004

Strangely frustrating, because Julien and Sophie choose misery and obsession as a lifestyle, and push far beyond reason.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
Top Critic
May 28, 2004

Someday, when Samuell finds something to say, he may make a great movie. For now, he's only playing games.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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