My Best Friend Reviews

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November 18, 2011
January 18, 2008
September 22, 2007
Auteuil and Boon's appealing performances keep the film engaging throughout, but it's easy to pine for a dark, challenging film with this premise, pitched more toward a harrowing emotional reckoning than this film's ambiguous but inevitable happy ending.
September 22, 2007
If sex, gangsters, and killing Nazis are three of the most enlivening topics in the movies, then let us count friendship as one of the most tiresome, right up there with grooming horses and sharing for sheer thrills.
September 22, 2007
One looks to Leconte for some of the finest, most sophisticated and compassionate filmmaking coming out of France, not for a situation comedy.
September 22, 2007
My Best Friend's heart is in the right place, but its grasp on its characters isn't, well, the best.
September 22, 2007
Very patchy with an unconvincing lead character.
August 31, 2007
... could be seen as a meditation on friendship and the mysterious chemistry that binds two people in a nonromantic relationship, it's really just a well-rendered buddy movie
August 9, 2007
Often, to compensate for their smaller budgets, French films will substitute emotional or intellectual density and character development for costly production elements. But this also leads to high-concept farces of door-slamming simplicity.
August 3, 2007
As an alleged witty comedy of humanistic charm, it sags in both, thanks to unfunny predicaments and a phony plot.
August 2, 2007
It's a pleasant enough diversion, but it's not really about human beings and contains not one genuine laugh.
July 27, 2007
Resolutely predictable from the starting gate.
July 27, 2007
An unconvincing replica of the dizzy situation comedies that Hollywood poured out in double and triple bills in the thirties and forties (and went on making in the guise of TV sitcoms well into the nineties).
July 27, 2007
What is it with the French and farces stemming from dinner parties?
July 27, 2007
The movie's reptilian setup doesn't do much to nurture a sense of mirth, and Auteuil is too likable an actor to make an effective SOB.
July 26, 2007
If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog, but if you want a friend in Paris, get a checkbook. That's the gist of Patrice Leconte's cynical-to-sentimental arc of a story upon which the clever Frenchman's new film, My Best Friend, is built.
July 25, 2007
You know that certain kind of foreign film? The one that just sort of sits there amiably and gets called stuff like "heartwarming" and "delightful" on the poster? ... My Best Friend fits snugly in the category above.
July 13, 2007
Missing a little something -- an interest in reaching out, a willingness to be silly, a fond and friendly talent for connecting.
July 13, 2007
This is the type of dramatic comedy that often gets labelled as pleasant, which means that it is not laugh-out-loud funny and inoffensively hobbles along to an ending that could have been spotted miles away.
July 12, 2007
French filmmakers have often been at odds with the Hollywood juggernaut. With My Best Friend, Leconte seems to be throwing up his hands. If you can't beat them, join them.
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