Paris Je T'aime Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Fear
Time Out
June 23, 2007
You expect quality to vary from segment to segment, but the misses outweigh the hits by a depressingly high margin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 18, 2007
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.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 15, 2007
A little uneven in style, tone and quality. But the picture that emerges of Paris is romantic, cosmopolitan and hopeful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 8, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
June 7, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 1, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 1, 2007
On paper, the film looks like a slam dunk, but that isn't the way it plays out. Perhaps it's the time-limit constraints or maybe they just don't care, but most of the directors aren't working at full speed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 1, 2007
In all their variations, with many of them graced by the presence of big-name actors, these 18 movies coalesce into an incandescent portrait of a city rife with possibilities for romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 25, 2007
The result is that after two hours one gets the sense of having seen a panorama of human experience, of having witnessed a moment of time in all its true fullness.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 25, 2007
Paris, je t'aime builds into something quite wonderful.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 25, 2007
It's hard not to love Paris, Je t'Aime. A valentine to the planet's most romantic city, this delightful anthology of 18 short films will make you long to bid adieu to your humdrum existence and board the next plane to the City of Lights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
May 25, 2007
Split evenly between the inspired segments and those that fall flat, this ambitious omnibus is still worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 25, 2007
With 18 pieces in all, there should be something here to tantalize everyone's tastes, or at least prompt you to contact your travel agent to book a vacation.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 25, 2007
Most features composed of sketches by different filmmakers are wildly uneven. This one is consistently mediocre, albeit pleasant and watchable.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 25, 2007
As an ad for the city's charms, Paris couldn't have asked for a more sweetly jaundiced love letter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 24, 2007
It is possible to bring substance, as well as poetry, to the vignette form, but more often Paris, Je T'Aime is merely mundane.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 24, 2007
Paris is well worth the trip.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 24, 2007
You couldn't call it perfect -- the episodes are uneven -- but it has something that sometimes is better than perfection: real love for its subject and themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
May 18, 2007
Payne's film alone would be worth the price of admission.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 18, 2007
Wildly, frustratingly uneven.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Toronto Star
May 18, 2007
It's not sexy or stylish or glamorous or any of the things you might assume Paris would be before going there. But of all the segments that comprise the film, it comes the closest to depicting honestly what it feels like to fall in love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
May 11, 2007
There seems to be something in Paris air or water that encourages compendium filmmaking -- multiple characters and multiple stories. Paris, Je T'Aime may be the grandest such work currently on view.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 10, 2007
The best episodes, however, have the emotional resonance of full-length features, and yet I didn't want them to be a moment longer than they are.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 9, 2007
Anthology films usually work better in theory than execution, but this feature parade of shorts is a blithe, worldly, and enchanting exception.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 9, 2007
After having seen the 18 pieces that made the final cut, I can't help wondering on what grounds the two rejected works were judged unworthy.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 9, 2007
A valentine to the City of Light, Paris, Je T'Aime threatens no electrical power outages, but it does leave a nice candlelight glow.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
May 5, 2007
Luckily, Paris, Je T'Aime contains a few good films among its total whiffs.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 4, 2007
Some shorts work. Others don't. It is fascinating, though, to see which ones do, and why.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 4, 2007
Bittersweet, funny, sad and invariably romantic, the anthology film Paris, Je T'aime strings together 20 five-minute vignettes to create a pulsating mosaic of the neighborhoods of the City of Light.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 4, 2007
For this kind of omnibus movie a success rate of two out of three is a pretty high batting average. There are no home runs, however, only doubles, singles and coy little bunts.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
May 3, 2007
It manages to leave you feeling buoyed and grinning; sort of like what an easygoing week's vacation in Paris might induce -- along with occasional torpor, frenzy, melancholy and surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice
May 1, 2007
Paris, Je T'aime's brimming declaration of love to the City of Lights leaves one breathless but dissatisfied.
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
May 18, 2006
Uneven but quite pleasant.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
May 18, 2006
[A] pleasing jumble of stories about love in Paris.