• The Valet
    2 minutes 44 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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The Valet (La Doublure) Reviews

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

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 Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

May 30, 2007
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

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 Source: Fresno Bee | Original Score: C+

August 15, 2007
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

After the vaporous whimsy of Avenue Montaigne and now the drippy antics of The Valet, Paris really could use more Gaspar No leather infernos.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

April 20, 2007
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Very, very sleepy and low-key.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 5/10

September 14, 2007
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com

The only fly in the ointment is the fact that it simply isn't very funny and since it is a comedy, after all, it is a flaw that sadly renders all of the other virtues moot.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

May 5, 2007
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An unfunny French comedy with unappealing characters.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

April 28, 2007
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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There are a number of ways The Valet could be better.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 25, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Tart and weightless, and it entertains without leaving a mark. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but at 85 minutes, The Valet at times feels like a blueprint for a farce rather than the farce itself.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 4, 2007
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Think mediocrity, so much so that if you took away the French subtitles and had the characters speaking English, you'd have an American comedy most critics would shrug off as derivative and a trifle empty.

| Original Score: C+

May 4, 2007
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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You have the slightest of romps, and one that ends so abruptly that you suspect the prolific Veber had already moved on to his next project.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 11, 2007
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Starts with a nice premise, but ends up fractured.

Full Review Source: Detroit News

May 18, 2007
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com

If you listen closely enough, you can hear the "Laugh Now" box lighting up.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

April 19, 2007
Toddy Burton
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 22, 2007
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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This isn't to diminish The Valet's good times, only to admit that it'll inevitably wind up with an English-language makeover and an 8 p.m. slot on ABC.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 17, 2007
John Thomason
Orlando Weekly

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

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

June 21, 2007
Gary Goldstein
Reel.com

I think it's safe to say the time may have passed for Francis Veber's particular brand of French farce, especially if he's going to keep cranking out stuff as tiring and contrived as The Valet.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

April 20, 2007
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

I laughed during this movie ----- once.

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May 1, 2007
Joshua Land
Time Out New York
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Like its hero, this unassuming comedy is nothing special to look at, but too sweet to despise.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

April 21, 2007
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly

Instead of provoking hearty laughter, this slight French confection may coax only a few smiles.

| Original Score: 2/4

May 5, 2007
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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 Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2/4

September 7, 2007
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
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Sydney Morning Herald
December 30, 2006

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June 2, 2007
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