Succeeds with believable characters and situations born of lives well studied.
The movie's unique appeal lies less in the style than the substance -- particularly, in the emerging hero at the centre of the tale.
| Original Score: 3/4
Slyly written, the intelligent social satire is surely acted and ... confidently, ably directed.
There are some things the French do better than we do, and the small movie is one.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
A worldly-wise, compassionate and charmingly acted Gallic comedy.
| Original Score: 4/5
Confirms that France may be producing, per capita, more good films than any country on the globe.
Rich with gentle humor and insight.
The characters prove to be engaging and their quite real human emotions are enough to carry it.
Rich with vivid characters and revelations about the illogical yet human ways in which we crash and intersect.
A civilized delight.
Like an Eric Rohmer film, but with a bit more breeziness and youth to it.
Jaoui's directing and sympathy are what hold us from the start.
One of the delights of The Taste of Others is that it is so smart and wears its intelligence lightly.
[Characters] stand revealed in subtle, unexpected ways.
The more we see of these people, the more we understand their foibles and the more they amuse and captivate us.
For everyone who has ever asked, 'What on earth do they see in each other?'
A pleasant time-passer.
A glorious comic jewel whose gleaming facets belie the often painful truths that dwell at its center.
It captures the social pulse of its adult urban milieu to the fraction of a second and leaves you with the sense of being on intimate terms with its fully rounded characters.
A comedy of manners that's as generous of spirit as it is laugh-provoking.
Masters the cinema's toughest special effect -- naturalism -- and hits every nail on the head.
| Original Score: 88/100
By the end, we know and admire these strong willed people.
| Original Score: A-