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The Closet (Le Placard) Reviews

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Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
July 20, 2001
A very clever and perceptive social comedy, brilliantly acted and exquisitely paced.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 20, 2001
One reason that Veber's comic ideas are so effective is that, in addition to being very funny, they hit on the sort of sociological issues that people really do think about.
Lisa Stokes
Orlando Weekly
July 19, 2001
Veber exploits the story's comic potential without losing sight of its humanity and a deeper analysis of behavior.
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World
July 18, 2001
At any moment, the movie looks as if it could fall into sermonizing or prejudice. Veber's ability to dodge these pitfalls is as engaging as the gags he creates.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 18, 2001
While the generally sunny tone and faultlessly charming execution of the movie ... keeps things bubbling along, there's a cauldron churning somewhere beneath.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 16, 2001
Perfectly built French tickler.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Yazmin Ghonaim
Cinephiles
July 11, 2001
Survives the dangers of its risky premise.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 10, 2001
The level of acting elevates The Closet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
July 6, 2001
A tour de farce from France's funniest filmmaker, Francis Veber.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 6, 2001
Wins you over with its devastating simplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 6, 2001
Though all this 'is he or isn't he' nonsense could be horribly coarse and clichéd, it's amusing more often than it isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
July 6, 2001
A refreshing satire.
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 6, 2001
Veber's career-best outing.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jim Judy
Screen It!
July 6, 2001
The film benefits from just the right, light comedic touch behind the camera and fine performances from the talented cast in front of it.
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
July 6, 2001
Anyone expecting a serious reflection on gay or social themes or the current state of sexual attitudes in France will not find it. This sweet-natured movie is mainly for laughs.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
July 6, 2001
Timely as it is funny.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 6, 2001
Auteuil continues to amaze, remaking himself with every new film.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 6, 2001
The screenplay relies too much on the first level of its premise and doesn't push into unexpected places.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
July 6, 2001
Perhaps not the most uproarious of Veber's farces, but entertaining and emotionally satisfying all the same.
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Rex McDowell
Dallas Morning News
July 5, 2001
[Auteuil] deftly achieves what amounts to an actor's paradox: He brings to the forefront a character who exists in the background.
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