The Valet (La Doublure) Reviews

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Heather Huntington
August 28, 2008

Cute, breezy, and fun.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone
December 21, 2007

There are a few extra plot threads that feel like parking spaces that don't quite fit, but the story is squeezed in anyway. I'd still check out the valet.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Emanuel Levy
September 18, 2007

A charming if familiar French comedy of manners, again showing writer-director Francis Veber's skillful touch as a farceur, this time with elegant British actress Kristin Scott Thomas and vet Daniel Auteuil, who could have played this role in his sleep

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 14, 2007

Very, very sleepy and low-key.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 7, 2007

The movie is so tame you may find your mind wandering toward the casting of the inevitable Hollywood remake. (Jonah Hill as Pignon, perhaps?)

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
August 15, 2007

I can even see Adam Sandler starring in an American remake. Can't you just see a dopey, befuddled Sandler sharing a lumpy little twin bed with, say, Jessica Alba?

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
July 14, 2007

Except for a slightly misguided final scene, LA DOUBLURE (THE VALET) is a great dessert movie: a brisk and breezy romp that will leave audiences smiling.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
John Thomason
Orlando Weekly
June 21, 2007

I kept fantasizing about how great this film would have been if Eric Rohmer had made it.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
June 20, 2007

It's not as outrageous or as hilarious as his best work, but it's still charming, even when it isn't finding the funnybone.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
June 8, 2007

If you're in the mood for Gallic lightheartedness, you know where to go.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Brandon Judell
New York Theatre Wire
June 8, 2007

One can see Moliére being jealous of the plot line, and Karl Marx applauding. You see capitalists who exploit the masses do not fare too well in this venture.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 6, 2007

Veber fills the film with engagingly quirky characters and bright gags that keep it floating along with such assurance that it constantly charms.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
June 2, 2007

Improbable? Perhaps, but one of writer-director Francis Veber's gifts as a farceur is to make the unlikely both credible and amusing.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 1, 2007

What fun! Not really.

| Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
June 1, 2007

Veber's dialogue is as witty as ever, and he gets great mileage out of his likable cast, particularly Elmaleh and Taglioni.

| Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 31, 2007

The Valet is a trifle with a few good ideas strewn about, but which feels rushed and too flimsy for its own good.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 30, 2007

Stereotypes were made to be broken, but don't expect the lithe screwball comedy "The Valet" to change your ideas of Gallic humor.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
Top Critic
May 25, 2007

It's all empty calories, of course, but that's what French pastry -- not to mention popcorn -- is all about.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Toddy Burton
Austin Chronicle
May 22, 2007

Shot with the creative energy of a mediocre sitcom, the scenes play out predictable plot devices with minimal creativity and even less risk.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Hap Erstein
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic
May 19, 2007

Veber's script is masterfully constructed to increase the laughs as the scheme grows more and more convoluted.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
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