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The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares) Reviews

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March 23, 2010
Despite an uneven cast, Arcand finds a tonal balance between sentimental and cynical that keeps the conversations real and heart wrenching.
May 4, 2009
"The Barbarian Invasions" is an intriguing meditation on the inevitable fall of ideologies under the pressure of nature's laws.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 18, 2008
Humour, whether darkly observant or skilfully witty, twines through the film like a confidently creeping ivy, growing out of the characters quite naturally.
August 7, 2008
The film may be more of a sad commentary on the human condition than traditionally sad in the manner Arcand intended.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 7, 2008
A full-bodied, funny and gloriously unpretentious ode to family, friendship and the meaning of life.
April 1, 2006
So many fascinating ideas are raised here that Arcand's decision to explore them within the context of a self-satisfied soap is disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 26, 2006
Both the comedy and the weepy moments tend towards the trite, but the film is directed and performed with such brio and manipulative skill that one eventually succumbs to its somewhat dubious charms.
November 18, 2005
The film's emotional ending is deeply felt and powerful, examining the pain and the humor of life without pathos or melodrama. As such, the film resonates and lingers.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 7, 2005
...an almost documentary truth to the performances, a un-movieish consistency of tone that makes it easy to forget that we're watching actors.
Read More | Original Score: A
September 30, 2004
...jerkily paced, dramatically obvious, and seems penned by a self-serious 16-year-old
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
July 15, 2004
The occasion is death, but the movie is a joyous celebration of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
July 9, 2004
You get to experience the sentiment without drowning in it; and you get a sharp-edged ideological exploration of living (and dying) in modern times.
Read More | Original Score: B+
June 12, 2004
Its most poignant observation is that these barbarians, being our own sons and daughters, are already well within the gates
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 4, 2004
Es con extraordinaria sutileza que el canadiense Denys Arcand nos va metiendo en -y haciendo parte de- los últimos días del protagonista de esta película.
April 28, 2004
At a time when theaters are full of explosions, revenge scenarios and over-the-top sadism, it's a blessed relief just to find a movie that's about ideas and forgiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 21, 2004
A nicely balanced blend of sentiment and acrid wit.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 18, 2004
Arcand gives us a wonderful portrait of real people forced to reconcile their pasts against a certain future and rejoicing in what once was and can continue to be...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 9, 2004
The movie is brutally funny and ironic about the way this corrupt world is manipulated by the cynical Sébastien.
April 9, 2004
Sébastien, Nathalie and the film's other secondary characters are neat, shaded creations ably played. But unfortunately, this isn't their movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 8, 2004
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of loose women; it's wonderful to be dying in Montreal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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