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A Very Long Engagement Reviews

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Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
January 15, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 24, 2004
Jeunet is a big kid, smart and playful but uneasy around adult emotions, which in his new movie are reduced to glib polarities of light versus dark, love versus vengeance.
Chris Barsanti
November 22, 2004
ultimately too manipulative to achieve true lasting greatness
| Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
November 13, 2004
Enjoying the film depends on how much one can stand visionary carnival barker Jean-Pierre Jeunet's brand of impatiently imaginative, aggressively artificial filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 29, 2004
Mr. Jeunet shows no interest in animating the characters in his dollhouse world, and even Mathilde and her tears remain fundamentally decorative, as arid as the computer-assisted cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Uri Lessing
June 28, 2005
...light entertainment, but offers only a shallow insight into war.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 8, 2004
[Jeunet's] choppy, cheeky filmmaking style simply isn't suited to this remarkable wartime tale about the tenacity of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Arthur Lazere
November 24, 2004
There's such an excess of plot and detail that characterization is neglected--none of these characters is more than single-dimensional...
Kent Turner
November 29, 2004
Mathilde is described in the narration as hopeful. Tautou's Mathilde, however, is more angry and dour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 11, 2005
A Very Long Engagement is every bit the fantasy, the fairy tale, that Amelie was, yet we are expected to take it seriously. I couldn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 29, 2004
Jeunet's reliance on magic-realist devices just falls flat, and Tautou's character -- a lame girl who plays the tuba -- is treated with the sort of condescending pity the movies haven't seen since Johnny Belinda.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 17, 2004
There's something hollow beneath its polished surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 17, 2004
Jeunet's movie is a game of great singles inside an overextended ballgame.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 22, 2004
The comic-dramatic divide of A Very Long Engagement is difficult to traverse, much less conquer. It's simply hard to be charmed with all those corpses scattered about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
December 27, 2004
When Jeunet attempts to achieve dramatic heft, with no commensurate change in style, he falls distressingly short.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
December 14, 2004
The gifted, undisciplined Jeunet applies his trademark restless zigzagging to a story that's confoundingly complicated enough already. More fatiguing than exhilarating.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
January 3, 2005
Pretty long and unengaging...
Marcy Dermansky
December 16, 2004
Both a whimsical love story featuring, "Amelié" star Audrey Tautou at her most adorable, and a nitty-gritty depiction of the horrors of trench warfare. It's a very bad mix.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brett Buckalew
December 1, 2004
If you take Kurosawa's Rashômon and plunk it down in a battlefield setting, the results will almost certainly be derivative and thematically hollow.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 17, 2004
What they cut from the novel ... doesn't cause as many problems as what they add, which is often too bizarre or too whimsical for a story about death.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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