Pauline & Paulette Reviews

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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
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
Sarah D'Ambruoso
April 13, 2002
The film is ultimately about as inspiring as a Hallmark card.
Rod Armstrong
March 15, 2002
... a nicely observed, certainly well-intentioned film, with a touching and heartfelt message, but it's also exceedingly slight and ultimately unremarkable.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 12, 2002
Yet another iteration of what's become one of the movies' creepiest conventions, in which the developmentally disabled are portrayed with almost supernatural powers to humble, teach and ultimately redeem their mentally "superior" friends, family...
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
April 26, 2002
It is easy to watch, yet at the end, unsatisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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

Film Threat
December 24, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 1, 2002
The story is gracefully free of contrived story twists and expository dialogue.
Eric D. Snider
September 18, 2002
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
March 24, 2002
That director Lieven Debrauwer has presented, in only 78 minutes, such richly drawn characters at such a leisurely pace seems like a minor miracle.
| Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
October 19, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 4, 2001
Not the kind of film that will appeal to a mainstream American audience, but there is a certain charm about the film that makes it a suitable entry into the fest circuit.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Arthur Lazere
March 14, 2002
bittersweet, believable, insightful
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
March 19, 2002
Generates powerful emotions without the aid of unexpected twists or significant conclusions.
| Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 28, 2002
A small gem from Belgium.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 14, 2002
A subtle, poignant picture of goodness that is flawed, compromised and sad.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 31, 2002
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
Kim Linekin
May 13, 2002
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003

Boston Phoenix
March 30, 2002

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Arizona Republic
June 28, 2002
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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