The Chateau Reviews

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September 5, 2002
... a fluffy, flaky croissant of a culture clash comedy, barely substantial enough for a feature but just light and tasty enough to satisfy.
September 5, 2002
Limps along on a squirm-inducing fish-out-of-water formula that goes nowhere and goes there very, very slowly.
August 30, 2002
Ze movie starts out so funny, then she is nothing.
August 29, 2002
Has the gritty look of a Dogma film, which shows what the movement's influence has been reduced to: a trendy look, not a set of principles for honest, no-frills filmmaking.
August 26, 2002
An enjoyable comedy of lingual and cultural differences... The Chteau is a film -- full of life and small delights -- that has all the wiggling energy of young kitten.
August 26, 2002
Boasts enough funny dialogue and sharp characterizations to be mildly amusing.
August 23, 2002
A pleasant diversion.
August 23, 2002
The Chateau has one very funny joke and a few other decent ones, but all it amounts to is a mildly funny, sometimes tedious, ultimately insignificant film.
August 22, 2002
Peretz comes up with enough fresh twists to the ugly American vs. surly French confrontation to sustain this delightfully bittersweet culture-clash comedy.
August 22, 2002
The Chateau belongs to Rudd, whose portrait of a therapy-dependent flakeball spouting French malapropisms ... is a nonstop hoot.
August 22, 2002
An occasionally funny, but overall limp, fish-out-of-water story.
August 22, 2002
With the supremely gifted Rudd as his point man, Peretz is often ruthless in depicting Americans abroad as deluded cretins; by film's end, however, he finds their optimism useful for re-firing the defeated hearts of his characters.
August 22, 2002
August 21, 2002
Suffers from rambling, repetitive dialogue and the visual drabness endemic to digital video.
August 20, 2002
August 15, 2002
The Chteau would have been benefited from a sharper, cleaner script before it went in front of the camera. Not to mention a sharper, cleaner camera lens.
August 12, 2002
Overall, it's a wacky and inspired little film that works effortlessly at delivering genuine, acerbic laughs.
August 12, 2002
August 10, 2002
The Chateau is a risky venture that never quite goes where you expect and often surprises you with unexpected comedy.
August 9, 2002
After the setup, the air leaks out of the movie, flattening its momentum with about an hour to go.
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