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Russian Dolls (Les Poupées Russes) (2006)

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72

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 47
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 13

Like its predecessor L'Auberge Espagnole, Russian Dolls is charmingly breezy and light.

71

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 6

Like its predecessor L'Auberge Espagnole, Russian Dolls is charmingly breezy and light.

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Xavier and Wendy have to gather all their friends from Barcelona for the wedding of Wendy's brother to a beautiful Russian. Xavier is still looking for the perfect woman.

Sep 26, 2006

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The cast of renegades is as appealing as ever.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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For those who saw and loved L'Auberge Espagnole, Russian Dolls automatically becomes of interest, but writer-director Cedric Klapisch can't quite make the case for it as a stand-alone experience.

July 21, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Klapisch has made something deliciously close to a nature documentary about the young, the foolish, and the alive.

July 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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It's an effortlessly charming ensemble, and Klapisch's characters (most of them anyway) reveal depths of feeling that compensate for the film's lightweight tone and too-long running time.

July 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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[Xavier] turns this film into more of a self-fixated memoir, less of a blithe ensemble piece.

June 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Fluffily enjoyable.

June 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Anyone who loved L'Auberge Espagnole should at least like its sequel as something of a guilty fling.

September 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

His directorial hand is so handsomely assured and his cast so charming that it's easy to succumb to his let-me-entertain-you blandishments

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Essentially this is Espagnole on repeat, as if the lessons from the former film had been fully expunged after five years on ice.

September 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

It's hard to decide what's prettier in Russian Dolls: the people or the places. Either way, we win.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

If you saw and enjoyed the previous film, you'll know what to expect, and you'll enjoy it.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

With its crackling dialogue and attractive, fully rounded characters, Russian Dolls puts American movies on similar subjects to shame.

August 18, 2006
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Klapisch has a light, springy touch and a real adoration for his characters and their Paris/London locations, and even at a lengthy 126 minutes, the film never drags.

July 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

(T)he film is all sex and style, with a photogenic cast leaping across Europe while the director plays narrative games.

July 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A sort of wandering rom-com epic -- kicking romantic fallacies in the ribs while capturing something essential about the solipsism and dreams of young urbanites.

June 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

If you can't afford to make that big European vacation this summer, "Russian Dolls" provides both the locations and some amusing company for the journey.

June 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Featuring an appealing cast led by Romain Duris, the film has a frothy charm that's hard to resist.

June 2, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Russian Dolls (Les Poupées Russes)

Even with a share of good moments, this is an unnecessary and forgettable sequel that relies too much on Xavier's disastrous search for love instead of focusing on the expected reunion of the friends of L'Auberge Espagnole. Good to see, though, that it doesn't get ruined by some of the poor narrative choices.
October 12, 2011
blacksheepboy

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"L'auberge espagnole", although not flawless and very low-key, is probably one of the best films about nostalgia ever made. In "Les poupées russes", the main character of both films, Xavier (Duris), has coped well with his post-Erasmus nostalgia. However, what seemed, at the end of "L'auberge", to be both a cure and a new beginning has turned out to be much less of the latter. Xavier is nearly thirty and his life still badly needs focus.

The film follows Xavier from Paris to London to Moscow to Saint-Petersburg, examining relationships with his ex-Erasmus friends (many of whom look like they got a hold on life better than himself), his ex-girlfriend Martine (Tautou) and various new lovers. The sceneries are exciting and the characters are crafted perhaps with even more care and sincerity than in "L'auberge" (the Duris-Tautou "still friends" duo is a delight) - but the romantic allure of "L'auberge" served well to smoothen the rough edges and dilute the film's hard-boiled message - writer-director Cédric Klapisch is definitely a man of ideas more than anything else. "Les poupées" is no less cerebral, but with the grown-up life being what it is, there's much less in the film to get carried away with - meaning that at times it becomes more of a philosophical drama than a romantic comedy. And for that purpose, perhaps the philosophical message that the film tries to convey - that letting go of dreams is a sad, but necessary part of growing up - is simply not strong enough.
December 21, 2009
matertenebraum

Super Reviewer

The next stage in the self-development of our cast of characters from "The Spannish Inn" as they continue their lives in the post-University days - every bit as good as the first movie.
January 14, 2007
RossCollinsUK

Super Reviewer

It's a bittersweet comedy and really good to see the group of carefree friends back toget her again since "The Spanish Apartment". I'm jealous of a writer has plenty of womanising by loving and sex.
October 18, 2006
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