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The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares) Reviews

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Kent Turner
April 6, 2004
And underwhelming is any film that uses footage of the attack on the World Trade Center for one of its few emotional jolts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Greg Muskewitz
April 5, 2004
The intentions aim for the highbrow, but the execution is rather trivial, simplistic, dull, pretentious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
March 26, 2004
Arcand's screenplay is bold and feisty; his film is witty and acerbic at times, yet long-winded and blustery at others.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 26, 2004
The spirited talks are the heart of the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
March 16, 2004
Its vicious satire and ambivalent final images leave a bitter aftertaste to ensure that its message of cautious optimism, though sweet, never becomes too cloying.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 16, 2004
A sharp-witted delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 11, 2004
Scathingly funny and movingly elegaic.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 8, 2004
Covers familiar movie-of-the-week territory... but the acting and writing are sharp enough to transcend such limitations...
| Original Score: 3/4
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
March 7, 2004
Like an alchemist, Arcand has transformed a film of ideas into an emotional experience.
| Original Score: 4/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
March 5, 2004
The performances are first-rate, especially from Girard. Arcand's direction is heartfelt and artful.
| Original Score: 9/10
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 5, 2004
Arcand finds the heart of the matter in every scene and in each monologue.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star
March 5, 2004
By the time Arcand reaches his final scenes, he has revealed one generation's regrets and disappointments and broken through the other's brittle defenses, achieving a resolution that thoughtful viewers of all ages should find profoundly moving.
Philip Kemp
Sight and Sound
March 2, 2004
Ultimately a gracious, even sweet-natured film, optimistic almost despite itself.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 27, 2004
...The speeches are so deadening, I thought the projectionist had slipped in the last reel of a John Sayles picture.
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
February 27, 2004
Terribly long-winded and uninspiring.
Full Review| Original Score: C-
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
February 27, 2004
Even if you never saw 'Decline of the American Empire,' you can feel the 'Big Chill' vibe running through these fascinating characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
February 26, 2004
One of those rare movie sequels that's actually better than its predecessor.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Matthew Turner
February 20, 2004
Intelligent, thought-provoking, frequently moving film with a strong script and an impressive ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Edward Douglas
February 7, 2004
Arcand's intelligent and witty script is the film's strongest attribute.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Nev Pierce
February 3, 2004
Warm, wise and witty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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