Poison Friends (Les Amities malefiques) Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 31, 2014
[Emmanuel Bourdieu] turns a standard coming-of-age premise -- four young literary scholars compete for recognition at a Paris university -- into a biting academic fable.
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Variety
February 23, 2012
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Time Out
July 12, 2007
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AV Club
June 2, 2007
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
May 24, 2007
Poison Friends is at once a sly satire on the pretensions and aspirations of academia and an intellectual suspense-thriller that builds and builds but never loses credibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 24, 2007
It's intellectual without being dry, dramatic without bombast, smart without posturing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 9, 2007
While the young people chatter about life and literature with sometimes overbearing self-satisfaction, the astute filmmaker observes their pretentious gum-flapping with a mixture of amusement, compassion, and wised-up rue.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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David Fear
Time Out
April 28, 2007
Turgid ivory-tower drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 27, 2007
If you don't take anything Andre says seriously, there is a wicked sense of fun about it, and you may even see a little of yourself in one of the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 27, 2007
The movie seems an act of score-settling by someone who got singed by a critic. Fair enough, and André's deviousness makes the film slyly credible, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 27, 2007
Has a degree of energy, an appetite for strong feelings and big ideas, notably missing in American movies about the young and overeducated, which tend to specialize in mumbled ironies and tiny epiphanies.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 26, 2007
Four university students band together under the obnoxious mentorship of Andre, who is meant to be brilliant but, to me at least, seemed all too obviously a poseur. His betrayal of his friends deepens the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 26, 2007
Promoted as an intellectual suspense thriller, Emmanuel Bourdieu's second feature film is a chilling plunge into the dark pools of group think and a scalding examination of the vulnerability of the unformed identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 24, 2007
The movie is largely unclassifiable -- at once a psychological study, an exceedingly dry comedy, and a moral tale in which stories are purloined and frauds perpetrated.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 11, 2007
André's character, even in the depths of his humiliation, remains remarkably dignified and non-self-pitying. That gives this academic melodrama an unexpected depth.
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
May 20, 2006
Pic is deft, entertaining and, in its reverence for name-dropping scholarship and the paths by which the chosen few make a name for themselves, thoroughly Parisian.
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Bernard Besserglik
Hollywood Reporter
May 20, 2006
Student friendships, success and failure make for absorbing entertainment.