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Shawn Levy
September 8, 2006
Cantet's chief asset here is the acting.
| Original Score: B
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 7, 2006
It's a measured, stately film, and that makes the women's behavior -- 'It's incredible how racist they can be,' says Young, ignorant of her own racism -- even more shocking.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 7, 2006
The regal Rampling has never been finer, and Cesar makes his character surprisingly proud and sympathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
September 5, 2006
Director Laurent Cantet dabbles in the waters of change with great subtlety.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
September 1, 2006
In the end, one gets the sense that Cantet and his cast and crew mainly wanted to get paid to make a movie on a beautiful Santo Domingo beach among beautiful people.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 1, 2006
The film offers something unusual, a tragic spectacle of normal, recognizable and utterly sympathetic people condemning themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
August 31, 2006
A movie that manages to lay bare a litany of human delusions.
| Original Score: 4/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
August 26, 2006
It misses by a mile the quality that characterizes Cantet's other films.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
August 25, 2006
An unsettling drama by the director of two other remarkable films about class illusions, Human Resources and Time Out.
| Original Score: 3/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 25, 2006
Laurent Cantet directs his adaptation of Dany Laferreiere's La Chair du Maitre as if it were a Danielle Steele novel.
Full Review | Original Score: C
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 25, 2006
In a humid story that doesn't dip too far into voyeurism, and gives us a deep sense of Haiti as a volcano where visitors picnic on the slope, [Young] is a flood of complicated feelings.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
August 25, 2006
Laurent Cantet is less successfu ... with his obvious intention to use the women as a metaphor for the colonial meddling of the West in Third World nations, where exploitation is a rule of thumb.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
August 24, 2006
Provocative subject matter and a rather magnificent performance by Charlotte Rampling aside, the occasional flickering hint of deeper meaning isn't enough to sustain interest.
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
August 18, 2006
The movie avoids devolving into polemic by treating its characters as individuals.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 17, 2006
In its way, the film is a piercing indictment, though it makes its point without much screaming, hectoring or preening. It's quietly terrific.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 17, 2006
At 60, with three 2006 releases in the can, Rampling still seems an international treasure, a great camera subject and a truly daring actress.
| Original Score: 3/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 10, 2006
It's important to regard with respect a film that evokes love, sex, death, fear and anger -- all in the first few moments.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 4, 2006
Boasts another formidable and fine-tuned performance from the great Charlotte Rampling.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 4, 2006
A nervy but muddleheaded work ... with sharply unpleasant things to say about the First World's moral strip-mining of the Third but an overly tactful way of saying them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Emanuel Levy
July 23, 2006
Departing from his male-driven films, Cantet zeroes in on three sexually frustrated women (ab)using Haitian boys, probing how the personal and the political interface and clash in issues of physical desire and social intimacy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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