It lacks the scariness, the mystery, and even much of the curiosity of Rivette's better work.
Funny, sentimental but ironic, and wondrously assured.
A generally wonderful experience, though it should come with a warning posted outside the theatre: Not for the impatient.
| Original Score: 4/4
Slow but savvy look at what we do for love.
| Original Score: B
A dense, droll and frequently delightful account of that zone where art and life (and love) converge.
| Original Score: 3/4
It's a supremely smart film.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A demonstration of grace and wit.
| Original Score: 3/4
Clocking in at 2 1/2 hours, Va Savoir is in essence a madcap bedroom farce, the kind where doors open and slam with wild precision.
Rich and eminently companionable.
It will slowly envelop you, if you let it.
Rivette's wry and compassionate Va Savoir is the year's most graceful comedy.
It yields surprisingly unspectacular results.
| Original Score: 3/5
It gets frenetic, in the French way, but it never stops getting amusing. This is what happens when you let grown-ups make movies.
| Original Score: 4/5
A love letter to the theater -- and to love itself.
As Va Savoir moves along and develops new layers as the characters collide and intertwine, its pleasures increase with its complexity.
In a time when most 90-minute comedies unfold at the pace of a Galapagos tortoise, this 21/2-hour divertissement is souffle-light and airily playful.
Turns into an overextended intellectual conceit when it ought to be simply sophisticated fun.
Va Savoir is, as far as I can recall, however, in a class by itself in Mr. Rivette's career with its lighthearted charm, its accessible nuance and its remarkably in-tune ensemble acting.
Takes its time showing its hand, but that is the source of its satisfactions, and its charm.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
This is lovely, momentous piffle.
It possesses the lightness that comes only when a filmmaker has come close to pulling off the insanely complicated.
Sexy and cerebral romantic roundelay.
It's undeniably a trifle, but rarely is something like this done with such skill and, well, savoir-faire.
Once it starts to pick up, you find yourself enjoying a smart, refreshingly unpredictable romantic comedy tinged with Gallic melancholy.
It's all very French, very intricate, and -- this is Rivette's magic -- seemingly as light as air.
| Original Score: A-
This is the sort of comedy Robert Altman could only dream about.
Va Savoir abounds in pleasures.
Manages to overcome an awfully slow start and sprint spryly to a highly satisfying finale.