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Un Conte de NoŽl (A Christmas Tale) Reviews

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December 10, 2014
[Desplechin] has skill, patience, empathy, and insight; quickened by the holiday occasion, they make the title of his film ultimately, if unconventionally, right.
December 10, 2014
It takes about half an hour of screen time, until everyone gets packed into the house, for A Christmas Tale to reveal its nature fully: expansive in narrative scheme, compact in emotional space and self-consciously auteurist to the core.
December 10, 2014
It's a bracingly eccentric, waspishly intelligent blast of flashbacks, freeze frames, split screens, and bizarre music choices.
December 10, 2014
Not since, well, Kings & Queen has calling something overstuffed been such a compliment.
Read More | Original Score: A-
December 10, 2014
Perfect off-season timing for a wickedly off-kilter movie about a French family Christmas in extremis.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 8, 2014
Given his cornucopia of characters fighting wars on three fronts, his whiplash tonal switchbacks, his jazzlike aesthetic of chance, how is it that Arnaud Desplechin is only now coming home for the holidays?
December 6, 2013
As the rituals of Christmas are observed, the family edges closer towards a sense of understanding and acceptance in a picture that captures a sense of life's messy uncertainties and the way we sometimes hurt the ones we love the most.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 6, 2013
It's maddening and it's exhilarating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 6, 2013
A Christmas Tale's more universal qualities should be apparent to anyone who has survived a Christmas, and God help us, here comes another one.
December 6, 2013
Its numerous narrative strands are neither revealingly pursued nor properly intertwined.
December 6, 2013
A Christmas Tale has a classical feel, even though the mischievous Desplechin tosses in shadow puppets, iris shots, and actors speaking directly to the camera. It's this ability to surprise that gives the film its spark.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 6, 2013
Desplechin's film is so well cast and the relationships so authentically depicted that it's okay not to be completely or partially taken by Junon, Henri, and the rest of their kin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 6, 2013
A Christmas Tale is a lively, capricious, mischievous ensemble delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
December 6, 2013
Despite occasional bouts of tedium over the epic course, a surprising buoyancy emerges: Desplechin's methods begin to inform, even brighten, the message.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 6, 2013
Desplechin is an inspired impurist. His Christmas Tale is untidy, overstuffed and delicious: a genuine holiday feast.
December 4, 2012
The movie teems with the excitement of unwrapping a present, even as it deals more seriously with the intractability of blood ties.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
August 16, 2011
Even Amalric's ray of light can't penetrate the gloom enough to make this much more than a rather strained actors' exercise.
July 6, 2010
There isn't a convincing note in the entire film, but there's no denying that each bit of dramatic fakery glitters and hums. A bit like Christmas itself, actually, which might just be the point.
November 29, 2009
The film (has) a sensibility that is paradoxically both old-fashioned and very modern.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
July 22, 2009
Till life do us part
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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