The Names of Love Reviews

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Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 24, 2011
It's commendable to want to mix serious ideas and emotional complexity into a light comedy, but you need to have a point that goes deeper than "bigotry is bad."
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Jordan Mintzer
Variety
June 22, 2011
Too giddy about its own nonconformism to keep the laughs going from start to finish.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 24, 2011
From madcap to moronic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 24, 2011
A film that isn't sure if it's a political statement on Muslim/Jewish relations or an "Annie Hall" homage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Inspires a strange fascination, thanks mostly to an sometimes awe-inspiring indifference to matters of propriety or good taste.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 7, 2011
The movie never really decides what it's about, and its odd-couple romance is stale and unpersuasive.
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
June 21, 2011
The pathetic attempts at outré, taboo-busting humor as sociopolitical commentary can't disguise what this film really is: a mawkish, MOR comedy of manners that even its straw man Nicolas Sarkozy would find suitable for date night.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 24, 2011
Strained and mildly amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Fear
Time Out
June 22, 2011
The real query is how much insufferable Gallic tweeness you can stand before simply shouting "no, merci!"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
June 22, 2011
Semi-autobiographical drama from the improbable romance between a square, middle-aged French Jew and a fiery young "leftie" of North African descent is a cinematic descent into meandering self-indulgence and questionable taste.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 24, 2011
I'm not saying that seriousness and nudity cannot coexist, even in France, but the mix of gravitas and friskiness here is annoyingly superficial. The film's tone is "crowd-pleasing," but which crowd exactly is being pleased?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
July 1, 2011
Are you laughing yet?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 1, 2011
The film is sometimes funny and occasionally smart yet never quite what it wants to be -- funny and smart at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
August 17, 2011
A meretricious mix of lechery, kitsch, bad taste, and glib political correctness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 1, 2011
Any movie that can wring hilarity out of a scene in which the heroine keeps making inadvertent Holocaust references has to be doing something right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 4, 2011
There's a taste of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Something Wild" "Forces of Nature" and even "Bringing Up Baby," perhaps the best of the wild child-seduces-straight arrow romances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 6, 2013
An edgy French twist on the old Hollywood "meet cute" romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 7, 2011
What I admired was the story of these characters themselves. What an odd couple.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 23, 2011
Mr. Leclerc's movie, in French with good English subtitles, often plays like romantic comedy, but it's really a sophisticated burlesque about the significance of surnames, plus some quintessentially French obsessions...
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 1, 2011
Forestier plays the quicksilver Baya so innocently that her brazen exhibition somehow seems uncalculated and harmless.
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