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Lisa Nesselson
January 14, 2008
Weaves a simple premise into comedy gold.
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Andrea C. Basora
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
Scared of sophisticated French cinema? This coarse comedy will restore your confidence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
January 14, 2008
Some realist nuances in the characters' behavior become more intriguing than the belabored humor.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
A sip of sparkling champagne in a moviegoing summer of mostly cheap red wine for teenage winos.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Time Out
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.
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
An idiot is exactly what you'll be if you don't check out The Dinner Game.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anthony Miele
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Easily the funniest and most charming film that has been or will be released in 1999 ... period.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael Dequina
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
July 1, 2004
A sharp elbow in the throat of mean-spiritedness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 21, 2004
On its own terms, it's an idiot's delight.
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
April 5, 2003
It may be silly, but it's never stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
June 18, 2002
Veber directs with the involving, blurry speed of a shuffled deck of cards, which is about as long as The Dinner Game lingers on screen and in the memory.
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
Veber builds and sustains an enjoyably frantic pace, his physical gags are clever and imaginative, and it's always fun to watch an arrogant smartie get his comeuppance at the hands of the lovable fool.
| Original Score: B-
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
It's a long time since a French movie has been as funny as The Dinner Game.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip Kemp
Sight and Sound
March 5, 2002
Veber's film offers all the undemanding, solidly old-fashioned pleasures of a traditionally well-crafted French farce.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 3, 2002
Director Francis Veber has a perfect sense of comic timing which is the heart and soul of farce.
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