Time Out (L' Emploi du temps) Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 15, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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David Rooney
Variety
August 8, 2008
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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 16, 2003
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 2, 2002
Time Out is as serious as a pink slip. And more than that, it's an observant, unfussily poetic meditation about identity and alienation.
| Original Score: 4/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 9, 2002
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Arizona Republic
July 9, 2002
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 10, 2002
The drama discloses almost nothing.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 10, 2002
What a modern horror story!
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 10, 2002
Human Resources was a good, straightforward tale, but Time Out is better. It's haunting. It's like a poem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
May 10, 2002
Moody, reflective and acutely noticing, Time Out is less a drama than a cinematic essay about one man's experience in an era defined for professional and laborer by downsizing.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 10, 2002
Time Out is existential drama without any of the pretension associated with the term.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 9, 2002
As bizarre as it is, Vincent's gradual estrangement from society is also easy to identify with, which makes Time Out especially compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 3, 2002
From those first moments behind the windshield, Time Out draws you into its world of quiet deception.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 3, 2002
Skip work to see it at the first opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 2, 2002
A sad, visually stunning commentary on life in the new economy, Time Out does two things very well.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
April 26, 2002
Cantet beautifully illuminates what it means sometimes to be inside looking out, and at other times outside looking in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 19, 2002
I admire the closing scenes of the film, which seem to ask whether our civilization offers a cure for Vincent's complaint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Leighton Walter Kille
Boston Globe
April 19, 2002
A taut psychological thriller that doesn't waste a moment of its two-hour running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 18, 2002
Writer-director Cantet, the filmmaker responsible for the similarly provocative Human Resources, has an extremely arid sensibility.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2002
Time Out is not just an especially subtle and thoughtful psychological drama, it's a provocative, even an unnerving one as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 11, 2002
In its treatment of the dehumanizing and ego-destroying process of unemployment, Time Out offers an exploration that is more accurate than anything I have seen in an American film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 11, 2002
Cantet is singularly skilled at evoking the universal condition of such tragic ordinariness.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 10, 2002
Perhaps we should treasure Time Out for what it is, and preserve it just in case there will not be many movies like it in the future.
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
April 1, 2002
From spiritual rebirth to bruising defeat, Vincent's odyssey resonates in a profound way, comparable to the classic films of Jean Renoir.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
March 29, 2002
Like its middle-aged protagonist, the film goes a little flabby in its center, but is kept compelling by the quirky charisma of Serge Lizrovet as a con man who comes to Vincent's aid, and the chameleonic smoothness of its star.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 29, 2002
Time Out, which looks great but moves like molasses, is more interesting than truly involving.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 28, 2002
Together [Time Out and Human Resources] establish Mr. Cantet as France's foremost cinematic poet of the workplace.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 28, 2002
A great movie.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
March 26, 2002
A smoldering fireball of anguish and fury beneath its grave, chill facade.