• Unrated, 2 hr.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Alain Resnais
    In Theaters:
    Apr 13, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 7, 2007
  • IFC Films

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Private Fears in Public Places (Coeurs) Reviews

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Exceedingly slight and melancholy comedy from French auteur Alain Resnais.

September 15, 2006
Anthony Quinn
Independent

Ayckbourn's play might have made frothy fun of this comedie humaine, on screen this feels a poor, airless thing.

Full Review Source: Independent

July 20, 2007
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Oh, I know I'm supposed to be ecstatic because it's from French New Wave director Alain Resnais, but all I can think is that it should be called Six Characters in Search of a Reason Why I Should Care.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

June 1, 2007
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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The film is beautifully shot and edited, but these emotional snapshots won't stay long in the memory.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 13, 2007
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 4, 2007
Jay Weissberg
Variety
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Despite a perfect cast of Resnais regulars plus the master's own impeccable crafting, the characters fail to grip, and with approximately 50 short scenes, development comes in fits and starts.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 23, 2006
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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French art films aren't generally known for their feel-good endings, but a total lack of resolution can be just as cloying as happily ever after.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

April 16, 2007
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine

It's well acted by Resnais's usual troop of performers, but this is decidedly one of the master's lesser works.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 13, 2007
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders

Who in their right mind would want to see a thing that makes you want to kill yourself at the end?

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 2.3/5

April 14, 2007
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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Private Fears suffers from [director Alain] Resnais' inability to open it up and give it the look and pulse of a film.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

June 15, 2007
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

Neither comic, nor tragic, nor tragicomic, the movie manages to be entirely inconsequential, gesturing at emotional truths which it is quite unable to embody.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

July 20, 2007
Dave White
Movies.com

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: C+

April 13, 2007

Daily Mirror [UK]

Quiet desperation is an emotion you'll probably feel as you wait for the movie to end.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

July 20, 2007

Sun Online

This French film based on a play by Scarborough's finest Sir Alan Ayckbourn is best described as a little bit pedestrian.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 2/5

July 20, 2007
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

Resnais and his superb cast have poured their hearts into this film adaptation and anyone seeking mature entertainment should search for this gem.

Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

July 14, 2007
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

A graceful roundelay of disconnection

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 27, 2009
Anton Bitel
Film4

Spring surely follows winter, but there is no sign of a coming thaw in this bleakly melancholic comedy of manners and mortality.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 13, 2007
Kam Williams
Toronto-Franco.com

At least they'll always have Paris. And snow. And 100 days of solitude.

Full Review Source: Toronto-Franco.com | Original Score: 2/4

July 7, 2007
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Private Fears in Public Places is far from difficult and that, it is also worth noting, is not a criticism. The film is accessible, pleasant, dreamy, a touch goofy and melancholic.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

April 13, 2007
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A gentle look at the pain of loneliness that almost all of us feel from time to time.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 9/10

September 12, 2007
Bill Weber
Stylus Magazine
December 1, 2007
Chris Fujiwara
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Sydney Morning Herald
December 7, 2007
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