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The Taste of Others (2000)

The Taste of Others


Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 57
Fresh: 57
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: The Taste of Others is a fresh, witty comedy about the attraction of opposites. The characters are well-drawn and engaging and their social interactions believable.

Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 23
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: The Taste of Others is a fresh, witty comedy about the attraction of opposites. The characters are well-drawn and engaging and their social interactions believable.


Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 5,972


Movie Info

Agnes Jaoui co-writes and directs this romantic comedy of manners set in France's rustic Provence. Unpolished and ultra-pragmatic industrialist Jean-Jacques Castella (co-scripter Jean-Pierre Bacri) reluctantly attends Racine's tragedy "Berenice" in order to see his niece play a bit part. He is taken with the play's strangely familiar-looking leading lady Clara Devaux (Anne Alvaro). During the course of the show, Castella soon remembers that he once hired and then promptly fired the actress as an … More

R (For language and drug content)
Drama , Art House & International , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Jean-Pierre Bacri , Agnès Jaoui
In Theaters:
Feb 26, 2002
Artistic License Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Taste of Others

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (57) | Rotten (0) | DVD (5)

Succeeds with believable characters and situations born of lives well studied.

Full Review… | November 30, 2001
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The movie's unique appeal lies less in the style than the substance -- particularly, in the emerging hero at the centre of the tale.

Full Review… | November 30, 2001
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Slyly written, the intelligent social satire is surely acted and ... confidently, ably directed.

Full Review… | September 13, 2001
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

There are some things the French do better than we do, and the small movie is one.

Full Review… | June 29, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

A worldly-wise, compassionate and charmingly acted Gallic comedy.

Full Review… | June 29, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

Confirms that France may be producing, per capita, more good films than any country on the globe.

June 15, 2001
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

the perfect date film for those with a fondness for Rohmer, Roquefort, and Chablis.

Full Review… | June 3, 2003
Detour Magazine

The type of movie you watch for the acting and the character development, which are both outstanding

Full Review… | May 22, 2002
Movie Habit

A witty, wry examination of what happens when opposites attract.

February 25, 2002
Jam! Movies

... demonstrates that, as in real life, reel life may be both bitter and sweet, sometimes simultaneously.

Full Review… | December 21, 2001

First time director Agnes Jaoui has done a fine job of springing this little life lesson on us.

Full Review… | December 6, 2001
Apollo Guide

A knockout piece of entertainment.

December 1, 2001
Jam! Movies

With keenness, subtlety and unexpected twists, The Taste of Others reveals all. And makes us smile at the revelations.

September 14, 2001
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It is an interesting character study as far as it goes, but it seems a bit slight and low-key. It isn't simplistic, but it isn't all that rich and complex, either.

Full Review… | September 11, 2001
Laramie Movie Scope

A genial yet insightful comedy-drama, a film of rare grace and honest humor.

Full Review… | September 11, 2001
One Guy's Opinion

An affectionate portrait of a cross section of humanity.

Full Review… | August 24, 2001
Kansas City Star

Jaoui ... has an unerring eye for the things men and women do to impress each other.

Full Review… | July 12, 2001
St. Paul Pioneer Press

An alert, unusually observant comedy of manners that is often very funny and cynical about human foibles but also comes with a melancholy underlay that's pensive and tender.

Full Review… | June 4, 2001
Sacramento Bee

An exemplary ensemble piece, with a script as warm, witty and insightful as the performances.

Full Review… | May 29, 2001

May well be one of the best ensemble performances this year.

Full Review… | May 29, 2001
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Audience Reviews for The Taste of Others


Jean-Jacques, businessman gets smitten by Clara, actress and English teacher, and gets out of his depth amongst her arty friends. I liked this film. It showed a real grasp of the complexities of attraction and how one mans unrequited love is another woman's unappreciated attention.
And it has a happy ending too. I'm a sucker for a happy ending..

Lesley N

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