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Rumba Reviews

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Top Critic
Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 24, 2011
A delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Cornelius
DVDTalk.com
October 21, 2009
It's impossible not to love these weirdos.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 7, 2009
The story plays out with an absolute minimum of dialogue, and the visual gags are highly inventive. In a comedy market dominated by crudity, sarcasm, and smug pop-culture references, laughs this pure hit like lightning.
Edward Porter
Times (UK)
August 4, 2009
The comedy is blackish at times, but is always informed by the film's essential spirit, which is cheerful bordering on cutesy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
August 4, 2009
Funny, inventive, extremely touching and never cruel. It flirts with tragedy, without becoming morbid.
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David Jenkins
Time Out
July 31, 2009
This charming, affectionately crafted and gleefully unfashionable comic miniature from writing/directing troupe Abel, Gordon and Romy slips down a treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
July 31, 2009
The film combines a loony tunes cruelty with the precise comic choreography of the great movie clowns.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 31, 2009
You will need to be a little patient and indulgent with this brand of comedy, but its sweetness of nature will win you round.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Laurence Boyce
Little White Lies
July 31, 2009
From the moments of bravura comedy to the tightly plotted series of coincidences, Rumba is a reminder just how powerful a medium it can be.
| Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
July 31, 2009
The film's innate sense of humour and the nave poetry of its making, which admittedly sometimes descends into whimsy, provide a resolutely optimistic feel.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
July 31, 2009
Remember the comedy of Jacques Tati? Okay, how's about the wordless wackiness of Benny Hill? That is what the filmmaking trio of Rumba ape in this often laugh out loud funny romcom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sam Wigley
Total Film
July 31, 2009
Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon prove worthy heirs to the gangly genius of Jacques Tati in this surreal comic gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 31, 2009
The film could be cleverer, funnier, better-timed. O sont les Tatis d'antan? But Gordon and Abel - she an anorexic Tilda Swinton, he a slightly squashed version of John Gordon Sinclair (Gregory's Girl) - are appealing comic presences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
July 31, 2009
Likeable, offbeat and frequently very funny Franco-Belgian comedy, though its Jacques Tati-style buffoonery occasionally misfires and might prove too whimsical for some tastes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 31, 2009
A droll, near wordless and, at times, ingeniously staged comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Film4
July 28, 2009
Despite having the bleakest of themes, this charming absurdist treat will put a Tati-esque skip in your step.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 5, 2009
Jacques Tati with dance!
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 16, 2009
* If you've ever laughed at and revelled in the films of Buster Keaton or Harold Lloyd or Jacques Tati, then Rumba will seem a delightful blast from the silent past.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 16, 2009
Not every routine in Rumba works and some of the comedy bits lean toward boring, but for the most part, each segment is brisk and visually delightful. The unusual elements of the movie certainly never wear thin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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