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Paris Je T'aime (2007)

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Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 113
Fresh: 97 | Rotten: 16

Paris Je T'aime is uneven, but there are more than enough delightful moments in this omnibus tribute to the City of Lights to tip the scale in its favor.

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 7

Paris Je T'aime is uneven, but there are more than enough delightful moments in this omnibus tribute to the City of Lights to tip the scale in its favor.

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Twenty acclaimed filmmakers from around the world look at love in the City of Lights in this omnibus feature. Paris, Je T'Aime features 18 short stories, each set in a different part of Paris and each featuring a different cast and director (two segments were produced by two filmmakers in collaboration). In "Faubourg Saint-Denis," Tom Tykwer directs Natalie Portman as an American actress who is the object of affection for a blind student (Melchior Belson). Christopher Doyle's "Porte de Choisy"

Nov 13, 2007

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All Critics (115) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (97) | Rotten (16) | DVD (10)

You expect quality to vary from segment to segment, but the misses outweigh the hits by a depressingly high margin.

June 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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For directors and actors who usually work on projects that take years to develop and months to film, this must have been a really fun lark. For the viewer, it's a full cinematic feast.

June 18, 2007
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A little uneven in style, tone and quality. But the picture that emerges of Paris is romantic, cosmopolitan and hopeful.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Even the least tales here flit by quickly enough to leave little bad aftertaste, and the best are savored like the last small bites of exquisite soufflés.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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The best segments are as good as film gets; the losers can make you wince. On the whole, the good outweigh the bad and make the film feel like a minivacation in the City of Light.

June 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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The best is saved for last: Payne's 14th arrondissement takes its time to create a Parisian epiphany that both pokes fun at an American tourist (Margo Martindale) and finds grace in her acceptance of a fragile moment of transcendence.

June 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The bulk of the work, filtered through the idiosyncratic lens of the global art-house, relays a peculiar impression of the city that is at once familiar and displaced.

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

18 shorts about love for mature art house fans

June 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The most resonant moments in Paris, Je T'Aime happen to be the bleakest, and they're about immigrants and other outsiders.

May 5, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Alluring, all in all, and unfulfilling

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Considering just how many cooks there were in the kitchen, Paris, je t'aime came out with a pretty even feeling

August 25, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com

It's an uneven bag of love to be sure, but the hits outweigh the misses.

July 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Paris, je t'aime feels like a compilation of student films %u2014 imbued with a certain neophyte whimsy, vibrating with life and passion, and fresh in a way that can only come from unfettered enthusiasm.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette
Colorado Springs Gazette

A fantastic travelogue.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

A masterful achievement, both as a film and as a heartfelt love letter to one of the world's most romantic cities.

August 12, 2007 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

Generally, the comic pieces are sturdier than the abbreviated dramas. ...As might be expected, a couple of the chapters are misfires... Happily, 'Paris' saves some of its prime material for the last half-hour.

August 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Splendid.

August 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Finally, the city that has inspired so much love gets a love letter all its own.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

...a charming ode to the title city, less because of how it celebrates Paris' romantic reputation than for the way it lovingly tweaks that image.

July 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

A connoisseur's delight: two hours of short films celebrating the most romantic city in the world.

June 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Taken as a whole, Paris Je T'Aime slips down easily enough and offers a few whimsical smiles, but you may find yourself craving more substantial nourishment before the end.

June 26, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

This one is different and it's charming.

June 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

A slam-dunk for cineastes, romantics, and Francophiles.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Even the downbeat segments are optimistic, and that's what unifies them.

June 22, 2007 Full Review

Paris Je T'aime is a poignant and ultimately rewarding experience. It offers something for everyone, and provides an insightful, multi-cultural look at the City of Lights.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
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Audience Reviews for Paris Je T'aime

Accumulated together, the small slices of life can act as mere plot points in a story of both the native Parisians and tourists alike, making this perhaps familiar to those who have visited Paris, familiar to those who have lived in that city, or those who are wishing to be there at some point in their lives. The storytelling isn't always the same here. Oui, every one of the shorts is stylistically odd, with naturally quirky characters, but every segment has a different director and screenwriter. These were brought together as one film by producer Emmanuel Benbihy, who also directed the transitional segments, so one would have to watch such a film expecting different perspectives. When PARIS, JE T'AIME, we comprehend love stories from perspectives that can be anything from frivolous, to poetic, to quiet, to grotesque, to dryly witty. Segments such as the Coen brothers' "Tuileries" and Wes Craven's "Père-Lachaise" are among the more brilliant, whereas those such as Sylvain Chomet's "Tour Eiffel" and Christopher Doyle's "Porte de Choisy" are instantly forgettable.

The one major disappointment about PARIS, JE T'AIME is the writing. Are we to assume that all the American tourists in the film know French well enough to understand each other, even when the American viewers possibly watching the film may not know a single word of French? And what's the reason as to why exactly they freely switch between one language and another? Is there one at all? So much of this film would have done better, had there been less short films of longer length, or even just one story of a tourist couple traveling in Paris that doesn't meander through needless plot points. That said, PARIS, JE T'AIME is beautiful, despite its flaws, and sufficiently entertaining; however, there have been better love letters to Paris. May I suggest: last year's MIDNIGHT IN PARIS?

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June 15, 2012
spielberg00

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I thought that Paris Je t'aime was an overrated film that really didn't deserve the praise it has received. I appreciate the artistic merit that the filmmakers tried to accomplish with this film; however the end result is simply a film that lacks any true engaging elements to really make it stand out. The film is mediocre and doesn't satisfy the way it should. I thought the idea behind the film was good, but something simply didn't click. The films various directors and stellar cast can't even save this one from being a dud. This film was a good try at doing something different, but it just wasn't to my liking. I felt that they could have done a lot more with this film, and it leaves a lot to be desired. The idea behind this anthology is interesting, but it really does lack something to really make it stand out. The film has an established cast of very good actors, but they seem unimpressive on-screen. You'd think that a film involving several high profile actors would bring something to the screen that would make the film stand out. Unfortunately, the film falls flat and is an uninteresting effort by some great directors. I for one, don't get the hype surrounding this film, and I thought it was mediocre this film could have been great; unfortunately it wasn't that great with too many imperfections. If each director would have put a bit more effort into the film, then maybe this film would have stood out.
May 2, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Its fun to watch and shows the talent of multiple directors!
February 20, 2012
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paul oh

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It's bumpy at times, with some great shorts and some not so great ones. But it's strength lies in the film as a whole, and all-in-all it was well done.
September 8, 2011
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