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Read My Lips (Sur mes lèvres)

Read My Lips (Sur mes lèvres) (2001)



Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 95
Fresh: 92 | Rotten: 3

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


Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 1

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



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A woman looking for love finds a man who leads her into a life of crime in this thriller. Carla (Emmanuelle Devos) is a woman in her mid-twenties who works as a secretary in a real estate office. More cute than pretty, Carla is shy by nature, and the fact that she has a hearing problem has made her all the more withdrawn. While she longs for a relationship with a man, she finds herself living vicariously through her friend Annie (Olivia Bonamy), a single parent who dates often while Carla

Jul 22, 2003


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All Critics (110) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (92) | Rotten (3) | DVD (8)

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

October 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Having changed into action gear, the picture never looks back, leaving two people who seemed wonderfully unique to do things that are cinematically trite.

October 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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See it now, before the inevitable Hollywood remake flattens out all its odd, intriguing wrinkles.

September 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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It's neither as romantic nor as thrilling as it should be. But it offers plenty to ponder and chew on as its unusual relationship slowly unfolds.

September 5, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

September 17, 2010 Full Review Source:

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

March 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Panorama

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

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Like the Vertigo-inspired Chinese film Suzhou River, it pays homage to Hitchcock without copying, and the results are original and thrilling in their own right.

March 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Offoffoff

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January 7, 2004 Full Review Source:

Muito bem estruturada, a narrativa aproveita ao máximo suas várias reviravoltas para criar suspense e também para estabelecer uma forte tensão sexual entre os protagonistas.

August 24, 2003
Cinema em Cena

"Read My Lips" surprises by making the viewer care more about the characters than the plot.

July 29, 2003 Full Review

Art-house to the core, Read My Lips is a genre-curling crime story that revives the free-wheeling noir spirit of old French cinema.

May 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

A delectable and intriguing thriller filled with surprises, Read My Lips is an original. This is a story of two misfits who don't stand a chance alone, but together they are magnificent.

April 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Bring a date too, after this you might look at each other in a whole new light.

April 8, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

The crime matters less than the characters, although the filmmakers supply enough complications, close calls and double-crosses to satisfy us.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

The fascinating, evolving relationship between Carla and Paul is the real subject of Read My Lips. The labyrinthine crime-drama landscape they navigate is the icing on the cake.

December 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

An unorthodox little film noir organized crime story that includes one of the strangest love stories you will ever see.

December 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

[Audiard] combines a flair for enlivening genre conventions with a careful approach to his characters.

November 19, 2002 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Finally, the French-produced "Read My Lips" is a movie that understands characters must come first.

November 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies
Zertinet Movies

...a rich and intelligent film that uses its pulpy core conceit to probe questions of attraction and interdependence and how the heart accomodates practical needs. It is an unstinting look at a collaboration between damaged people that may or may not qual

October 25, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Devos and Cassel have tremendous chemistry -- their sexual and romantic tension, while never really vocalized, is palpable.

October 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

What makes the movie special is Emmanuelle Devos, whose performance as the secretary is full of surprises.

September 27, 2002 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for Read My Lips (Sur mes lèvres)

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...
July 3, 2007

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.
March 19, 2010
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