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What's In A Name? (2013)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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In the film, slick real estate agent Vincent (French cinema superstar Patrick Bruel) is about to become a father. At a meeting with family and childhood friends he announces the name of his future son, but the scandalous moniker ignites a discussion that brings the group's past bubbling to the surface - with hilarious, dramatic, and altogether unbelievable results.

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (3)

This is frivolous verbal jousting elevated to a blood sport by people who are much more resilient than they let on.

December 12, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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What starts as an entertaining exposé of Parisian society eventually becomes exhausting.

December 12, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Frequently delightful, full of ribald humor and compelling, intelligent debate.

December 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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An unborn's unlikely moniker is the simple but effective motor of What's in a Name?

December 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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Merely a one-note roundelay of angry name-calling.

December 17, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
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A huge hit in France, the film's verbal thrust-and-parry is so fast you do spend too much time reading the flashing of subtitles than looking at the gesticulations and exaggerated expressions of the players. Bring on the Americanisation, please.

August 20, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

Four of the five characters are really unlikeable, and the effect is of being trapped in a small place with five hideous people yelling at you - it's crushing, oppressive and claustrophobic.

July 25, 2013 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia)
ABC Radio (Australia)

A comedy but only if you like blood sports. A screenplay that positively bristles with ... well, bristles, it's as savage as Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf or Carnage

July 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A little joke becomes the catalyst for the unravelling of relationships in this jocular French comedy in which egos, political beliefs, sexual orientations and trusts are thrust like daggers

July 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Dono de um senso de humor sofisticado, mas jamais inacessível.

March 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

If I found any one of these five relatable, I wouldn't be wondering what to call my son, but rather inquiring into an operation that would make procreation an impossibility.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix
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This compelling if occasionally too boisterous work never quite breaks free from its origins but is a vivid piece of cinema nonetheless.

October 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Screen-Space
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Audience Reviews for What's In A Name?

Even funnier than Polanski's Carnage, this French comedy also adapted from a play boasts a dynamic direction that always maintains the pace, focusing on a constant dialogue that is well written, smart and hilarious - and helped by a very sharp cast.
March 27, 2012
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  • Der Vorname (DE)
  • What's in a Name (Le Prénom) (UK)
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