Une femme de ménage (2003) - Rotten Tomatoes

Une femme de ménage (2003)



Critic Consensus: Nuanced performances and an understated tone make The Housekeeper transcend its familiar premise.

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After his wife leaves him for another man, Jacques hires a housekeeper, Laura, to keep his Paris apartment in order. As he starts increasing her hours and spending more time with her on her days off, Jacques is torn between the pleasure of Laura's company, and the headache that such an intrusion brings to his new domain of singlehood.


Critic Reviews for Une femme de ménage

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (23)

Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton make the life of a middle-aged single person look highly desirable. The Housekeeper doesn't deal in such delusions.

December 19, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Toronto Star
Top Critic

None of this is profoundly new, but the delicacy of the telling is well worth the experience.

December 19, 2003 | Rating: 3/4
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

With their reverse-chemistry, [Bacri and Dequenne are] so good together -- hot and hilarious simultaneously -- that you'd think they'd been a team for ages.

November 7, 2003 | Rating: 4/5
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It's a slight film, well-acted by Bacri and Emilie Dequenne.

September 18, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

An acutely observed (and felt) essay on loneliness.

August 28, 2003 | Rating: B
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Like Chabrol reconfigured into a mildly droll midlife-crisis tease.

August 15, 2003 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Une femme de ménage

Nice decent tale of a middle age man meeting and having a relationship with a much younger, very pretty woman. A bit slow in spots, but pretty wistful by film's end. Small story told well.

alan jay
alan jay

Super Reviewer

It is similar to the House Sitter, nothing special.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

A sweet bit of fluff. Very entertaining. May not be great movie making, but the characters are fully believable and the story progresses smoothly. Bittersweet ending may be a comment on the inevitable breakup of such May-December romances. Solid cast, beautiful scenery, minimal dialogue. Very entertaining, but not designed for thoughtful dissection or introspection. Enjoy this on a warm summers day, or even better, in the depth of winter. Enjoy it for what it is: a real trip to the beach, in more ways than one.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

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