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The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares) Reviews

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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
April 5, 2004
The intentions aim for the highbrow, but the execution is rather trivial, simplistic, dull, pretentious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
March 26, 2004
The spirited talks are the heart of the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
March 16, 2004
A sharp-witted delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 11, 2004
Scathingly funny and movingly elegaic.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
March 8, 2004
Covers familiar movie-of-the-week territory... but the acting and writing are sharp enough to transcend such limitations...
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 7, 2004
Like an alchemist, Arcand has transformed a film of ideas into an emotional experience.
| Original Score: 4/4
March 5, 2004
The performances are first-rate, especially from Girard. Arcand's direction is heartfelt and artful.
Read More | Original Score: 9/10
March 5, 2004
Arcand finds the heart of the matter in every scene and in each monologue.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
March 2, 2004
Ultimately a gracious, even sweet-natured film, optimistic almost despite itself.
February 27, 2004
...The speeches are so deadening, I thought the projectionist had slipped in the last reel of a John Sayles picture.
February 27, 2004
Terribly long-winded and uninspiring.
Full Review| Original Score: C-
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
February 26, 2004
One of those rare movie sequels that's actually better than its predecessor.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 20, 2004
Intelligent, thought-provoking, frequently moving film with a strong script and an impressive ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 7, 2004
Arcand's intelligent and witty script is the film's strongest attribute.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
February 3, 2004
Warm, wise and witty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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