The Chateau Reviews

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June 5, 2004
November 29, 2002
The new faces are interesting, but the old story isn't, especially when it starts to seem more improvised than scripted.
October 4, 2002
Funny, even after it has run out of ideas.
September 13, 2002
It's a likeable piece and a prime audition reel for both Rudd and Malco.
September 13, 2002
A culture clash comedy only half as clever as it thinks it is.
September 6, 2002
A culture-clash comedy that, in addition to being very funny, captures some of the discomfort and embarrassment of being a bumbling American in Europe.
December 6, 2005
July 20, 2005
April 11, 2005
Unfunny from beginning to even after the end.
December 8, 2002
Once the viewer accepts the huge leaps of faith required in the film's premise, it's a lot of fun to strap oneself in and enjoy this goofy ride.
December 2, 2002
There are enough of the usual only-in-the-movies misunderstandings between Graham and Allen to delay any sort of resolution, but director Jesse Peretz neglects to fill the gaps with any memorably diverting action.
November 29, 2002
There's a spontaneity to The Chateau, a sense of light-heartedness, that makes it attractive throughout.
October 21, 2002
Has an improvisational feel and a cheesy, shot-on-video look (why do that when you've got the French countryside as subject?), but that first hour is still worth seeing.
September 25, 2002
The uneven movie does have its charms and its funny moments but not quite enough of them.
September 19, 2002
Given too much time to consider the looseness of the piece, the picture begins to resemble the shapeless, grasping actors' workshop that it is.
September 17, 2002
Nothing more than an amiable but unfocused bagatelle that plays like a loosely-connected string of acting-workshop exercises.
September 15, 2002
September 11, 2002
'The Chteau is never quite able to overcome the cultural moat surrounding its ludicrous and contrived plot.'
September 9, 2002
September 6, 2002
Thanks to The Chteau's balance of whimsicality, narrative discipline and serious improvisation, almost every relationship and personality in the film yields surprises.
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