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Almost Peaceful Reviews

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Christopher Null
March 28, 2005
a movie that stuffy film critics rate highly out of a sense of guilt and fear, but which never connect with real audiences, desperately waiting for something to happen
| Original Score: 3/5
Eric D. Snider
March 23, 2005
The combination of happy plot resolutions, spring-like classical music and beautiful scenery put a pleasant cap on a very humane, moving film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 14, 2005
There isn't much of a narrative arc in director Michel Deville's drama, just many touching little stories.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 11, 2005
The plotting in this 2002 French drama really isn't any more deep than your typical soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 17, 2004
Generosity and love of life are the film's hallmarks. Like the work of an expert tailor, it's done with unobtrusive skill, essential warmth and seamless grace.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 17, 2004
Unlike any other film I have seen about the Holocaust.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 29, 2004
There's something rather lovely about the mood and intentions of Michel Deville's French movie.

E! Online
October 15, 2004
An unassuming, dignified and deeply resonant experience.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 30, 2004
Delicately moving.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 30, 2004
You become aware of how few movies about survivors of the Holocaust show them going about their lives, as opposed to acting out someone's idea of a Holocaust Survivor.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
September 9, 2004
This is a film of half-notes and nuances, and as a chronicle of emotional survival it is infinitely inspiring.
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
September 5, 2004
A loving, moving portrait of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust attempting to pick up the shattered pieces of their lives in Paris.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
August 28, 2004
Deville is an experienced director, and he composes this picture very neatly.
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
August 26, 2004
A mature and subtle film about how a community rebuilds itself after tragedy and disaster.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
August 23, 2004
Handsomely shot but almost bewilderingly bland.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 22, 2004
The characters in Almost Peaceful are pulled between a longing for what is lost and a fierce desire to live. Deville's plangent sympathy for them keeps the sentimentality honest.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
August 21, 2004
As an ensemble piece offering harsh themes rendered easily digestible by spoonfuls of sweetness and compassion, Almost Peaceful is too mild and treacly to enhance Deville's reputation with American audiences.
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Jan Stuart
August 20, 2004
Michel Deville's heartfelt and sexy film feels stagy at moments, but the characters are so affectionately drawn and the cast is so watchable, it couldn't matter less.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 20, 2004
It may appear to be the ultimate non-action movie, but in the context of these lives, it is the highest kind of drama.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 20, 2004
Deville gently reveals that they're all simultaneously hauntingly fragile and amazingly resilient, their smiles as piercing as any resigned gaze.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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