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The Intouchables (2012)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 119
Fresh: 89 | Rotten: 30

It handles its potentially prickly subject matter with kid gloves, but Intouchables gets by thanks to its strong cast and some remarkably sensitive direction.


Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 13

It handles its potentially prickly subject matter with kid gloves, but Intouchables gets by thanks to its strong cast and some remarkably sensitive direction.



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An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility, The Intouchables has broken box office records in its native France and across Europe. Based on a true story of friendship between a handicap millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his street smart ex-con caretaker (Omar Sy), The Intouchables depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common. -- (C) Weinstein

Mar 5, 2013


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Gives its subject too light a treatment for the life-affirming message to feel earned.

January 2, 2013 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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It delivers broad laughs and tugs at the heartstrings without delving too deep - the very definition of a crowd-pleaser.

September 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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If you loved "The Bucket List," you'll be exclaiming, "Incroyable!"

July 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comments (3)
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The easygoing posture and strong casting keep The Intouchables from stumbling over vexing questions of race, class and disability.

June 2, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Comment (1)
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A box office phenomenon in France, this crowd-pleasing drama is based on a true story but sticks closely to the template for a Hollywood buddy movie.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (3)
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More than a little unrealistic.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (10)
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There are much better contemporary movies about dealing with the dynamics of being handicapped or wheelchair bound and overcoming obstacles, such as Rust & Bone, Amour, and The Diving bell and the Butterfly.

March 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Yahoo! Movies
Yahoo! Movies

Without getting into spoilers, can I just say how refreshing it was to watch a film about a physically challenged person that didn't end on a total downer?

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

This pleasant, predictable, fact-based tale of an unlikely friendship between a quadriplegic and his carer hits all the sweet spots a feel-good movie must.

November 2, 2012 Full Review Source: 3AW

In the wrong hands this film could have been a sentimental mess. Luckily it's not and instead of being a film about labels, it's about people and the healing power of camaraderie.

October 28, 2012 Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie
The Popcorn Junkie

I think a lot of people are going to enjoy it but I think it also tries too hard to please that audience and it just shrieks, aiming at that middle bar.

October 25, 2012 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

The problem is that if, while you're having a good time with these characters, you start to think about the wider implications of the film, you might find yourself somewhat less enthralled.

October 25, 2012 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Is The Intouchables an enjoyable movie if you overlook a few potentially queasy-making scenes? Absolutely. Is it great filmmaking in the neighbourhood of art? Nope.

October 25, 2012 Full Review Source:

Oscar-nominated, lauded at festivals overseas and now, one of the most successful French pictures of all time, The Intouchables is simply irresistible.

October 22, 2012 Full Review Source: The Sun Herald
The Sun Herald

The two heartfelt central performances from François Cluzet and Omar Sy will inject you with happiness

October 21, 2012 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

Capturing the unspoken shorthand, the adventurousness and the humour essential to enduring friendships makes the The Intouchables must see.

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

Buddy movies don't come more moving, funnier and more successful than The Intouchables, based on a true story

October 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

There are countless magical moments worth recounting - many with humour and involving the clash of the classes - it is not surprising that the film has been a runaway hit in France and elsewhere in Europe

October 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The cliches are so skillfully navigated only the heartless will fail to be charmed.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source:

It's a situation ripe for culture-clash comedy, a set-up that co-directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache exploit with gusto, as Driss takes stock of his opulent new surroundings and Philippe rediscovers his appetite for life.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
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Based on the true story of an unlikely odd couple who give each other a new lease on life, this French comedy-drama is almost irresistibly engaging

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source:

It's not subtle. It's not innovative. But it guarantees good humour, pranks, japes and welling-up for two hours.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

Sweet French drama about unlikely friendship has some edge.

September 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The film's dominance of the global box office is entirely justified and hopefully it will break through that foreign language glass ceiling in the same way as the likes of Amelie and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

September 23, 2012 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys

It's as slick as an oil spill, as sugary as an eclair, and many moviegoers will find it irresistible.

September 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
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Audience Reviews for The Intouchables

This touching true story of a millionaire and his convict caretaker revolves around a friendship of disrespect and humor. Omar Sy (Driss) is probably best known to American audiences as Bishop from the X-Men franchise, strong and mostly silent. Here he is much more effervescent and humorous as Driss, inept to the social surroundings of his employer, and he is full of heart and heartbreak. Of course there isn't anything new about this film, or the story it tells, but it's heartwarming to see a quadriplegic overcome the baser anxieties of his handicap, and for a disenfranchised ex-con find happiness and loyalty in his friendship. Besides being very gooey with emotion, their exchanges are quite funny. Driss always seems to know just how to make Philippe (Cluzet) laugh, even while being very inappropriate. Most of what Driss does in this film is inappropriate and very un-PC, but the character is charming and the dialogue is coaxing, making this a very interesting film in of itself.
July 29, 2014

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I fucking loved this movie. It is touching, funny, inspiring, and by far one of my favorite movies I have watched this year. I loved the story and the relationship between Philippe and Driss. Philippe taught Driss responsibility and gave him a home and a job when he really didn't want it. Driss taught Philipee to accept himself and how to live again. It is one of those films that leaves you all warm and fuzzy with a big smile. I will for sure be seeing this again.
August 8, 2013

Super Reviewer

Firstly I will refer to the films original title, not least because Intouchable isn't a real word and I don't live in America so I don't have to and refuse to use nonsense words, legal rights to the word etc or not. Untouchables is a tender yet exaggerated tear-jerker/feel good film based on a true story. Never let fact get in the way of a good story, the real Driss isn't even black but no matter, ultimately the heart of the film is true. I don't see it as a Driving Miss Daisy rip off or a statement on class and I don't have a problem with its predictability, I simply see it as a sweet story of a friendship between two men. Sentimental but never manipulative.
June 17, 2013

Super Reviewer

A charming, heartwarming comedy that knows when to be funny and dramatic and just how far to take it. But maybe The Intouchables has been getting a tad bit too much love.
May 24, 2013
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    1. Driss: Back off, Justin Bieber.
    – Submitted by Thomas R (22 months ago)
    1. Driss: Smoke this cigaret, and big tobacco will promote our movie! Do it and you will be the only smoking quad!
    – Submitted by Stephen H (2 years ago)
    1. Antoine: These street guys have no pity.
    2. Philippe: That's what I pity.
    – Submitted by Catarina C (2 years ago)
    1. Driss: Listen to this..
    2. Driss: Where can you find a tetraplegic?
    3. Philippe: Where can you..I don't know.
    4. Driss: Where you left him.
    – Submitted by Himanshu G (2 years ago)
    1. Driss: This is not just a job anymore.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Driss: I'm not doing this! I lost my shoe!
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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