Pauline & Paulette Reviews

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Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
December 5, 2002
About as satisfying and predictable as the fare at your local drive through.
Full Review | Original Score: 51/100
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 1, 2002
Lovely Beligian film about a mentally challenged sixty-six year old woman who tutors all those around her in wide-eyed wonder.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 28, 2002
A small gem from Belgium.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly
August 12, 2002
The film's plainness, and the understated force of van der Groen and Petersen's performances, sharpen its complexity of feeling until all mawkishness is cut away.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
A moving tale of love and destruction in unexpected places, unexamined lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 5, 2002
The film hinges on its performances, and both leads are up to the task.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
June 21, 2002
Writer-director Debrauwer does manage to wrap things up in an ***-pleasing 78 minutes. It's isn't much, but it's a lot more than callous Callie Khouri did with that "Ya-Ya" mess. Also, there are no irritating hats.
| Original Score: 6/10
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
June 7, 2002
A poignant tale of sisterly love and aging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 1, 2002
The story is gracefully free of contrived story twists and expository dialogue.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 23, 2002
The only thing in Pauline and Paulette that you haven't seen before is a scene featuring a football field-sized Oriental rug crafted out of millions of vibrant flowers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 10, 2002
It's rare to find a film to which the adjective 'gentle' applies, but the word perfectly describes Pauline & Paulette.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 9, 2002
A poignant and gently humorous parable that loves its characters and communicates something rather beautiful about human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 3, 2002
The acting in Pauline And Paulette is good all round, but what really sets the film apart is Debrauwer's refusal to push the easy emotional buttons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
May 3, 2002
Less a heartfelt appeal for the handicapped than a nice Belgian waffle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
May 3, 2002
A perfectly charming, disarmingly moving little film.
Derek Tse
Jam! Movies
May 3, 2002
While the film really doesn't have anything new to say, it's still thoughtful and well-crafted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
May 3, 2002
Although there's nothing profound about Pauline and Paulette, it does have a few memorably sly digs at the kinds of things we believe to be profound.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 2, 2002
Simple, poignant and leavened with humor, it's a film that affirms the nourishing aspects of love and companionship.
| Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
April 28, 2002
By the time the movie is through ... you realize that the simplicity of the story and its characters have taken root in your mental landscape and will assume a lingering presence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 26, 2002
An unexpectedly sweet story of sisterhood.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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