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Avenue Montaigne Reviews

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Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 13, 2007
While [director] Thompson's version of [Paris] as a democratic microcosm, where artist and audience mingle, is instantly familiar, it feels more dramatic device than genuinely inviting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 13, 2007
Watching the charming Avenue Montaigne makes you realize not only how much we miss when mainstream French films are not on the movie menu, but how much we miss when American studios define 'romantic comedy' so strictly.
| Original Score: 3/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 12, 2007
Avenue Montaigne [hits the mark] in a way that's unpretentious, sublime, sweet, meaningful and funny.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 7, 2007
Avenue Montaigne may not be the lightest, brightest film ever made, but compared to the glum and talky movies most people associate with French cinema, it's downright chipper.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
April 6, 2007
The ensemble cast is wonderful, especially Lemercier as the bipolar actress trying to impress Pollack's director but failing spectacularly.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 4, 2007
...breezy, light-hearted...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 1, 2007
It's one of those 'what's-not-to-like' movies, a fantasy about life and Paris that passes painlessly, a trifle elevated by its Parisian settings and our desire to lose ourselves in them.
| Original Score: B
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
April 1, 2007
Avenue Montaigne is a bon-bon for culture tourists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ronnie Scheib
Chicago Reader
April 1, 2007
Thompson's crowd-pleaser makes up in refined schmaltz what it lacks in innovation or profundity.
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 31, 2007
A thoroughly enjoyably and wistfully charming ensemble drama carried off with an irresistible Gallic flair.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
March 31, 2007
When it all wraps up as neatly as the treacliest Hollywood film, we don't feel cheated, but rather enjoy the satisfaction of a story resolved, and we're happy for each of the people we have spent our hour with.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 29, 2007
If you're not going to Paris this spring -- and let's face it, so few of us are -- the next best thing might be Avenue Montaigne.
| Original Score: B
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 23, 2007
Feather-light, Avenue Montaigne is lifted from mere pleasantness by its quirky character details.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
March 20, 2007
Paris looks stunning in the film, but even the City of Lights can only do so much for a poorly-written script. C'est dommage.
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David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
March 20, 2007
The ultra-thin characterizations do not lend themselves to audience empathy.
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Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
March 16, 2007
You never doubt that everything will turn out more or less well for the dozen or so characters. The pleasure lies in watching it unfold in all its amusing, nonthreatening, gently stimulating fashion. This is escapism a la francais.
| Original Score: 3/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
March 16, 2007
While a Feydeau farce fits well, and the salute to a Brancusi sculpture is sweet, Beethoven piano passages overload the souffle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
March 16, 2007
That the film succeeds as well as it does despite a series of coincidences that strain credibility is a credit to a fine cast and a joie de vivre that pervades even the most implausible moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 16, 2007
If [Thompson] doesn't always know where to place the camera, her sparkling dialogue and the rich performances she elicits consistently make up for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 15, 2007
How much you respond to its calculated charms depends largely on your response to the waif-in-the-big-city appeal of de France.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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