| Original Score: B
Miller crafts a warmly, but not entirely optimistic fable about the salutary power of lazy afternoons, meals taken at dusk beneath outdoor tents and, ultimately, of moviemaking itself.
A film that adapts the basic Russian classic and then breaks away in more ways than just the setting.
| Original Score: 3/4
Miller, a French director of dry humor and great skill, has taken the Chekhov outline and updated it to present-day France, substituting the cinema for literature.
Like the play, it's acutely perceptive, universally empathetic and humane.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Talky, pointless exercise.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Miller takes Chekhov's themes and checks them off, but he never gets under his egocentric characters' thin skins.
| Original Score: 2/4
Claude Miller's ingeniously freewheeling adaptation of "The Seagull" drags Chekhov's 1895 play into the age of cellphones, digital video and hip-hop.
| Original Score: 4/5
Because the talk never gets beyond statement making, and because the characters emit none of Chekhov's radiantly lived-in soulfulness, there's plenty of time to appreciate the sun-kissed landscape.
| Original Score: C-
True to Chekhov's dictum, a gun does fire near the end -- by which point eye-rolling audience members may be up in arms too.
A work of whimsy, passion, visual lushness and no small degree of warmth for its characters.