The Well-Digger's Daughter Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 28, 2013
| Original Score: B+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 12, 2012
"The Well-Digger's Daughter" isn't a mind-blower; it's not supposed to be. It's a light lunch with an old friend whom it's good to see again.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 4, 2012
To call "The Well Digger's Daughter" an old-fashioned film is to pay it a compliment. Here is a love story embedded in traditional values.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 27, 2012
The countryside of high Provence is a major character all its own.
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 17, 2012
"The Well-Digger's Daughter" is perhaps a bit too sentimental. But the performances are so heartfelt that its occasional excesses are easily forgiven.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 16, 2012
It's classical moviemaking of a sort rarely seen now, a love story of surprising joy with rounded, flawed but humane characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 16, 2012
Think of it as a pretty good, French-language bucolic entry in PBS' "Masterpiece" franchise and you'll be fine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
August 10, 2012
What resonates is a sense of humanity that sometimes gets lost in films with less regard for traditional storytelling, or respect for simple emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
August 8, 2012
Astrid Bergès-Frisbey as Patricia and Jean-Pierre Darroussin are almost enchanting, but it is Auteuil, entering a new career as mature actor-director, whom we want to cheer.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
July 27, 2012
Strong pedigree pushes 'Well Digger's Daughter' to the top.
Full Review | Original Score: B plus
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 26, 2012
"The Well-Digger's Daughter" feels decidedly, almost defiantly, old-fashioned, but not necessarily in a bad way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 26, 2012
It's the first film directed by the actor Daniel Auteuil, as part of a four-film project to remake films by the writer-director Marcel Pagnol, and if the others are this good, this is a project to look forward to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 26, 2012
Let "The Well-Digger's Daughter" take you back in time, not once but several times over.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
July 26, 2012
The jewel at the heart of the piece is Berges-Frisbey -- the ravishing mermaid Syrena in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
July 26, 2012
Auteuil the director knows not to get in the way of Pagnol's plot machinery. Auteuil the actor is another story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peg Aloi
Boston Phoenix
July 25, 2012
Despite a verbose script and the kneejerk sexism of Pascal, the visual beauty and narrative simplicity make the film a pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jordan Hoffman
About.com
July 23, 2012
I mean, if egocentric, short-sighted, emotionally crippling fathers aren't going to fight for their daughters' hymens WHO WILL!?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 20, 2012
It's a movie that could easily have been made 50 years ago, and I don't mean that as a knock. There is much to be said for a film that values unflashy craft and simple, unhurried storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
July 20, 2012
Even as you wish the material had been reshaped into something riskier, you may find yourself appreciating the sincerity and unshowy workmanship that went into the movie.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 19, 2012
[It's] enjoyable enough as it plods along, and the final act wraps things up on a fulfilling note.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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