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A Very Long Engagement Reviews

December 22, 2004
Tautou, as always, makes this an enchanting trip.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
December 22, 2004
There's only so much candy the eye can consume before nausea sets in.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 22, 2004
This is grand cinema.
Read More | Original Score: A
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
December 21, 2004
Merging heart-wrenching emotions with quirky humor and splicing bloody war footage with goofy comedy, the movie mixes vastly disparate elements into a surprisingly smooth blend.
December 21, 2004
The overall assemblage is shaky, but grand.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 17, 2004
A grand movie with pop-up book complexity and a lavish romantic spirit.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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
December 17, 2004
Jeunet's movie is a game of great singles inside an overextended ballgame.
December 17, 2004
Extraordinary film.
December 17, 2004
This is a long movie that almost wears out its 2 1/4 -hour welcome, yet it's full of surprises.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 17, 2004
There's something hollow beneath its polished surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 17, 2004
A Very Long Engagement works on its own terms, as a showcase for Tautou and as a reminder of the kind of beauty that movies, at their best, can show us.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 17, 2004
A Very Long Engagement leaves you feeling stuffed but satisfied, like after a very long, tasty meal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 17, 2004
A Very Long Engagement probably has too many elements -- and too many characters -- for its own good. But its heart, like its heroine's, is in the right place.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 17, 2004
A Very Long Engagement is certainly long and not always engaging and comes with a predictably basic ending, yet there are unexpected pleasures, moments of beauty and tiny pockets of joy to sustain you through the journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 17, 2004
A Very Long Engagement gets better with each half-hour, and by the end has painted a moving portrait of hope, determination, tragedy and loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 17, 2004
A film that is a series of pleasures stumbling over one another in their haste to delight us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 17, 2004
You probably need a score card to keep track of everybody, but that's one of the pleasures of Jeunet's film, and it's also inextricable from his larger point: that war dehumanizes but people re-humanize.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 16, 2004
Artifice, this brilliantly handled, is its own excuse.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 16, 2004
Right up to its haunting final scene, A Very Long Engagement will alternately shake you up and soothe you. And that's a very good combination.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 16, 2004
[Jeunet] strikes a giddy balance between comedy and terror, romance and incandescent action, between the demands of his huge canvas and his intimate emotional subject.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 10, 2004
This is a picture well worth seeing.
December 3, 2004
A beautiful, elegant, satisfying film.
November 30, 2004
Visually it is one of the most impressive films of the year.
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.
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
November 29, 2004
All in all, Jeunet makes a pretty case for the idea that life is ruled by chaos and chance, but made meaningful and worthwhile by love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 27, 2004
The mixture of a trickster director and classic movie conventions works better than you'd expect it to.
November 26, 2004
There is a handsome, absurdist humanity to the way Jeunet (who wrote the script with Guillaume Laurant) maps out the crossroads of human carnage and human caring.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 26, 2004
The novelty of the setting and the Hollywood-style lavishness of the production go a long way toward justifying sitting through this very long movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
November 23, 2004
Narrative thrust has never been the director's strong suit, and the movie gridlocks amid its crowds of characters, backstories, detours, and twists; the squealing gears of heavy plot machinery eventually drown out much else.
November 21, 2004
Starts slowly, but builds to a satisfying conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 18, 2004
An emotional powerhouse.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 10, 2004
The quest format keeps the story moving briskly, and Jeunet provides numerous pleasures, particularly visual, along the way.
November 3, 2004
Told with a blend of visual mastery and emotional intimacy, ambitious venture sustains a special melding of romance and pragmatism that should engage discerning audiences.