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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 18, 2010
...costar Noémie Lvovsky ("Actresses") is a hysterical high point as Hervé's mom who has an unflappable interest in his sex life whether it be singular or plural.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
May 23, 2010
If there is a message... it's that boys are dumb, self-involved, insensitive and more obsessed with the idea of sex than the reality of it.
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
January 10, 2010
The script covers the same things as most teen movies -- getting together, breaking up, being horrible, making up, yelling at your parents -- but Sattouf makes it fresh with credible performances from these non-actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ben McEachen
Empire Magazine Australasia
January 10, 2010
A welcome departure from the usual type of Frenchy fare we receive, here be a hip, acne-tastic lesson about teens and their hot pants.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Lynden Barber
Limelight
January 10, 2010
Writer-director Riad Sattouf focuses on the sheer awkwardness of the mid-teenage years, wryly capturing the maturity gap when most girls seem about three years ahead of their male peers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
December 28, 2009
The French Kissers is much, much more than just Superbad with subtitles. First-time filmmaker Riad Sattouf, a leading light in French comic-book circles, proves himself to be a knockout talent behind the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
December 23, 2009
How many teen comedies do you see where the hero is troubled by pimples -- and not just a token few? That's an early sign that Riad Sattouf's funny first feature isn't going to play by the rules.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Giles Hardie
smh.com.au
December 23, 2009
Those who feel subtitles inherently mean a dull night at the cinema, would be well advised to try French Kissers or as it should be known France 90210.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
December 15, 2009
First-time director Riad Sattouf, known in France for his comic strips, clearly knows his subject in this pimples-and-all foray into the tumultuous lives of young, hormone-enraged teenagers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nick Dent
Time Out Sydney
December 15, 2009
French cinema has a new coming-of-age classic to go alongside Au Revoir les Enfants and The 400 Blows.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
December 6, 2009
Squeamishly forthright and deliberately rough-around-the-edges, Sattouf's film humorously captures the weird, wonderful and often humiliating stages of adolescence.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
December 4, 2009
The John Hughes-style teen comedy has been revived in France. The French Kissers is funny because it rings true, in any language.
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Jordan Mintzer
Variety
December 3, 2009
A zits-and-all portrait of the weird, wild and incredibly awkward time of adolescence, Gallic laffer "The French Kissers" plants plenty of heart-wrenching gags right in the smacker.
Brendan Kelly
Montreal Gazette
December 3, 2009
Sattouf captures that strange mix of bravado and shyness that is teenage guy-dom, and the result is both frequently hilarious and, finally, quite touching.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Goodridge
Screen International
December 3, 2009
A notable directorial debut for comic book writer Riad Sattouf, this French teen sex comedy possesses a nice blend of humour and intelligence that places it somewhere between American Pie and Wild Reeds.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
November 28, 2009
Written in the ink of painful experience, Raid Sattouf's screenplay rests his humour on reality; like Absolutely Fabulous the material is serious to the point of tragedy. These characters survive emotionally by the skin of their teeth; a few don't
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
November 28, 2009
an expressive ode to the awkward sexual awakening of a teenage boy, zits and all. There's no slick plot, no prince charming on a white horse, just the bumpy, every day reality of a fourteen year old boy whose thoughts are consumed by sex and girls
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