Read My Lips (2002)

Read My Lips



Critic Consensus: A clever and offbeat character study about two people discovering each other.

Movie Info

Young secretary Carla is a long-time employee of a property development company. Loyal and hardworking, first to arrive and last to leave, Carla is beginning to chafe at the limitations of her career and is looking to move up. But as a 35-five-year-old woman with a hearing deficiency, she is not sure how to climb out of her humdrum life, though she is confident in her own abilities. Into her life comes Paul Angeli, a new trainee she decides to hire. Paul is 25 years old and completely unskilled, … More

Rating: R (for language, violence and some sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Tonino Benacquista, Jacques Audiard
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 22, 2003
Box Office: $1.2M
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as Marchand

as Josie Marchand

as Jean-Francois

as Richard Carambo

as Quentin
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Critic Reviews for Read My Lips

All Critics (110) | Top Critics (34)

Audiard has created one of those rare, commercially released movies that trades in actual, honest-to-god surprise.

Full Review… | October 4, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Having changed into action gear, the picture never looks back, leaving two people who seemed wonderfully unique to do things that are cinematically trite.

Full Review… | October 4, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

See it now, before the inevitable Hollywood remake flattens out all its odd, intriguing wrinkles.

Full Review… | September 20, 2002
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Crawling onto the razor's edge with bare hands, Jacques Audiard's film generates daringly uncomfortable, psychologically dangerous heat rarely found in romance of any stripe. Exhilaratingly paced, cleverly suspenseful and tastefully erotic.

Full Review… | September 17, 2010

Un film en constante progression démarrant sur la note d'un drame exceptionnel pour se terminer sous les traits d'un des suspenses les mieux nantis des années 2000

Full Review… | March 16, 2006

May be the finest thriller/romance hybrid of the new century.

Full Review… | May 4, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Read My Lips

Superb Hitchcockian thriller with a fantastic double act in Emmanuelle Devos & Vincent Cassel, who are both excellent. The film is unbearably tense, romantic, sexy, offbeat and finally oddly beautiful. The cinematography is great, the central conceit is used to great effect (sound design is particularly effective) and the direction taught. The director, Jacques Audiard, who has gone on to make the equally impressive The Beat That My Heart Skipped, is fast becoming a personal favorite...

Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

I really loved this movie, a beautiful yet gritty romance/thriller. One of the best movies I have seen lately. Both Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Devos gave astounding performances. Since I have now seen all of Jacques Audiard's work, it is safe to stay that this is his masterpiece, with "A Prophet" tailing close behind.

Kyle S

Super Reviewer

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