Gives its subject too light a treatment for the life-affirming message to feel earned.
It delivers broad laughs and tugs at the heartstrings without delving too deep - the very definition of a crowd-pleaser.
| Original Score: 3/5
If you loved "The Bucket List," you'll be exclaiming, "Incroyable!"
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The easygoing posture and strong casting keep The Intouchables from stumbling over vexing questions of race, class and disability.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
More than a little unrealistic.
| Original Score: 2/4
The Intouchables works as a crowd-pleaser not because it's true, but because it's a plausible enchantment.
"The Intouchables" is actually quite touchable.
| Original Score: B
Some of the elements in the film are inexplicable and some are undeveloped, but there are a handful of nicely crafted set pieces.
I checked the production materials for "The Intouchables" and failed to find confirmation that any of this was inspired by 1987's "Disorderlies," in which the Fat Boys push old Ralph Bellamy around to his heart's content.
It's the classic odd-couple buddy movie setup, only it'll pull at your heartstrings, whether you want it to or not.
You don't have to completely buy into the premise of The Intouchables to appreciate the very good acting by Cluzet and Sy.
It has warmth, humor and an understated sweetness that is not to be taken for granted.
"The Intouchables" has an element of truth that it never quite recognizes.
Movies in which black characters, however nuanced or well meaning, act in subservience to whites, often raise hackles. For me, it all depends on how it's done.
| Original Score: B-
Two very different men, joined for purely businesslike purposes, finding their way to an intuitive, interdependent and quietly fulfilling union.
From "It Happened One Night" to "Trading Places," it's yet another entry in the category of "rich people need ordinary folks to show them how to live it up."
An exuberantly charming French buddy comedy that proves an audience will suspend disbelief and follow an unlikely story as long as it's superbly crafted.
It is possible to summarize the experience of watching "The Intouchables" in nine words: You will laugh; you will cry; you will cringe.
The film fulfills its feel-good promise, as long as it's seen as the fairy tale it was meant to be.
Not a great film but a warm one that pushes the viewer's emotional buttons so deftly it feels like a massage.
The material is programmed to stimulate funny bones and tear ducts in a reassuring alternating pattern.
What I see in The Intouchables is a tasty bonbon spiked with mirth but light on malice. Omar Sy and François Cluzet are superb actors.
The movie, while inherently patronizing, is frisky and mostly likable. But its amiability depends on airbrushing potential sources of misunderstanding, both cultural and political.
This French dramedy is totally winning, with a pair of performances that fit together perfectly.
| Original Score: 4/5
There are plenty of reasons not to like "The Intouchables," but Omar Sy's terrific performance blows right past them.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Cluzet has the daunting task of trying to strike a powerful contrast while acting only from the neck up, and he pulls it off with stoic, bemused grace.
Apart from the wince-inducing moments, The Intouchables is often a pleasant buddy picture.
Enjoy this movie for what it is - the kind of motion picture that can cause Champaign-like giddiness - and don't obsess over how true-to-life this work of fiction is.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
There isn't a rough-edged subtlety that the film-based on a true story-doesn't make every effort to soften for mass consumption...
| Original Score: 2/5
I enjoyed "The Intouchables" quite a bit.
Savoring such moments... is like selling your soul to the devil. You'll pay for it later, but they please as they play.
The film is an embarrassment.
It's hard to muster much enthusiasm for a movie that leans so heavily on regressive culture-clash shtick and unimaginative stereotypes.
Though never known for their subtlety, French co-helmers/scripters Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache have never delivered a film as offensive as Untouchable.