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With A Friend Like Harry

With A Friend Like Harry (2001)

tomatometer

96

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 90
Fresh: 86 | Rotten: 4

A darkly funny thriller that's reminiscent of Hitchcock.

100

Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 0

A darkly funny thriller that's reminiscent of Hitchcock.

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 4,294

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Dominik Moll directs this black comedy about a family outing gone to hell. The film opens with Michel (Laurent Lucas) and Claire (Mathilde Seigner) on the edge of a nervous breakdown in a cramped hot car with three screaming children. At a roadside rest stop, Michel meets Harry (Sergi Lopez) who, after some encouragement, recalls that they went to high school together. Harry and his girlfriend Plum (Sophie Guillemin) weasel their way into Michel and Claire's life, and soon the two are following

Oct 26, 2001

$3.4M

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All Critics (106) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (86) | Rotten (4) | DVD (9)

It's Lopez's understated charm in the role that ultimately makes this film as creepy as it is.

August 24, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
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An artfully entertaining psychological thriller.

May 12, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
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A rocking good entertainment.

May 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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It's a dry, cool character study that's primarily an exercise in tonal control - neither very funny nor very scary, but unnerving in a slow-burn way.

May 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Unfortunately, the groove it settles into is a lot less interesting than the possibilities suggested earlier.

May 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Brooding and sardonic in tone and beautifully sustained in its tension.

May 3, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
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All the hallmarks of a classic Hitchcock thriller. The master would certainly approve.

July 31, 2014 Full Review Source: The Moving Picture Show
The Moving Picture Show

Add "who needs family?," and that's a good indication of how "Harry" dives into - but doesn't easily resolve - a strangely symbiotic muse relationship. Evil can be just as banal as everyday life, an idea explored with nasty wit and not brutish violence.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

A chance encounter (or is it) with an old forgettable classmate in a restroom leads to an unforgettable and unwelcome intrusion

May 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Apesar da boa atuação de López, o filme não foge das convenções do gênero, resultando em uma história previsível e, conseqüentemente, enfadonha.

May 25, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Like the best of Hitchcock, Harry captures the lyrical ambiguity of 'normal evil,' the actions we're all capable of committing in the name of a just quest.

August 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

creeps under your skin and leaves you uncomfortable for hours. It could be the French answer to "Strangers on a Train" or "The Talented Mr. Ripley"...

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

The true strength of this thriller is how the duet plays out. The true shock is how casually perverse the underlying message becomes.

May 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Experience
Film Experience

Encourages yelling at the screen.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

A quiet thriller...with occasional touches of macabre humor and the odd moment of suspense.

November 23, 2001
Movie Metropolis

The complexity of the plot has to do with the way Michel is changed by Harry.

October 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

An interesting character-based roller-coaster ride.

October 15, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Moll ... puts a satisfying polish on the standard-issue theme of an innocent whose world is rent asunder by a well-meaning psychotic.

August 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

It is a frightening tale, but it is done in such a humorous manner that you might not realize how twisted it is until you start making a body count.

July 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This dark comic psychological thrill oozes creepiness from every pore.

June 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

There's depth here far beyond the simple framework of Weird Stranger Won't Let Nice Guy Alone.

June 22, 2001
Fresno Bee

The screenplay by Moll and Gilles Marchand is a masterful balancing act between creeping dread and black hilarity.

June 15, 2001 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

A French language comic thriller terrifically acted and with dramatic devices that are familiar enough but still surprising.

June 14, 2001
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A subtle and subversive portrait of a self-assured, ever-smiling and increasingly ominous pyschopath.

June 8, 2001 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Only fitfully engages its audience.

June 1, 2001
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Audience Reviews for With A Friend Like Harry

A french thriller that takes a number of cues from Hitchcock.

A man encounters another man and his family, claiming to be an old school friend of his. Hoping to rekindle the friendship, they share some time together. He seems like a nice man, but something lies beneath the surface. It's a good movie that builds its tension slowly.
January 28, 2007
DrZeek

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Fascinating study of a man whose obsession with a former schoolmate is disguised as an overabundant willingness to "help". We are never quite sure what fuels this dark psychosis, but we know things aren't right almost from the beginning. The tension quietly builds to a violent climax and leaves the intended victim victorious. The action takes place mainly at the young couple's country chateau. The scenery is pretty, but somewhat nondescript. The script is subtle and drops clues but never fully reveals its destination until the very end. There is a sexual tension that hangs heavily over the story, but it is never blatant or explicitly brought out into the open. Just a general unease in Marcel (Laurent Lucas) and Claire (Mathilde Segnier) triggered by the presence of Harry (Sergi Lopez) and his earthy girlfriend, Prune (translated as Plum, and played by Sophie Guillemin). Well done effort by director Dominik Moll and one that kept this viewer intrigued for nearly two hours.
April 22, 2010
Mark Abell

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With A Friend Like Harry is a suspenseful thriller filled with dark humor and driven by a wonderful performance from Sergi Lopez as Harry, a dangerously obsessive man who claims to be a high school acquaintance of the protagonist. Whether or not he's telling the truth about this is open to interpretation, but he is nonetheless a very fun and interesting character. His backstory is left completely ambiguous, allowing the viewer to interpret who he is, but he comes off as almost humorously psychotic at times. There isn't any huge revelation at the end. Rather, the ending is unusually quiet, although like the rest of the movie it's very suspenseful and tinged with a subtle sense of humor. With a Friend Like Harry is a refreshingly original and enjoyable thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat up until the end, and one that packs a spectacular performance from Sergi Lopez.
March 2, 2013
Joey Shapiro

Super Reviewer

Hitchcock inspired suspense is fabulous because we know the French can produce great suspence without the Hitchcock inspiration. When the two come together we get With a Friend Like Harry or whatever else they want to call the English version of his film. Nonetheless it is dynamite. Who is this Harry and what is he really about? Will they find out before the dastardly plan comes to pass?
January 17, 2013
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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