The Dinner Game (Le Dîner de cons) Reviews

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September 7, 2011
January 14, 2008
Weaves a simple premise into comedy gold.
January 14, 2008
Despite the stagey set-up (it was originally conceived as a play and it shows), the film manages to maintain its humor and energy until the final scene in which Veber suddenly casts aside his delightful meanspiritedness and gets soft-hearted and preachy.
January 14, 2008
Some realist nuances in the characters' behavior become more intriguing than the belabored humor.
April 27, 2007
A sip of sparkling champagne in a moviegoing summer of mostly cheap red wine for teenage winos.
Top Critic
February 11, 2006
The leads fill out their archetypes comfortably, the timing's well pitched, and the narrative moves busily enough. Cinematically, though, there's little of interest.
January 14, 2008
Scared of sophisticated French cinema? This coarse comedy will restore your confidence.
January 16, 2007
Its very tautness and on-the-money performances from the odd-coupled Jacques Villeret and Thierry Lhermitte help make this a highly amusing and old-fashioned big-screen entertainment.
May 26, 2006
If you don't like this type of movie to begin with (I don't), you won't be converted this time around.
December 6, 2005
Easily the funniest and most charming film that has been or will be released in 1999 ... period.
December 6, 2005
An idiot is exactly what you'll be if you don't check out The Dinner Game.
July 7, 2005
April 9, 2005
Villeret, a fixture in French films for two decades, is short, squat, a little bug-eyed and able to completely twist the not-so-good intentions of his host.
December 5, 2004
Farce is usually equated with slapstick, but here the comedy is distinctly one of wits, slowly building momentum to a satisfying finish.
July 1, 2004
A sharp elbow in the throat of mean-spiritedness.
February 21, 2004
On its own terms, it's an idiot's delight.
December 1, 2003
October 15, 2003
May 14, 2003
April 5, 2003
It may be silly, but it's never stupid.
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