Games of Love and Chance (L'Esquive) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Games of Love and Chance (L'Esquive) Reviews

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March 1, 2007
Viewers here can't help but respond to the raw emotions and acting ability of the largely nonprofessional cast.
October 14, 2005
Abdellatif Kechiche's beautifully observed tale of high-school kids in the projects outside Paris... plays like a Cassavetes project in a fresh, young mode.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 4, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 31, 2005
This graceful and sympathetic look at how the lives of teenagers intersect with a work of literature won several César awards in France.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 31, 2005
Kechiche extracts breathtakingly disciplined performances from all of his first-time actors, and truly magical ones from Forestier as the prematurely full-blown diva Lydia and Sabrina Ouazani as Frida, her motor-mouthed partner in theatrical crime.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 31, 2005
A work of drama, it's more realistic than any TV reality show.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 30, 2005
Reading between the cuss words, the movie glimpses a sunny teen innocence just before it darkens irreversibly into adulthood.
August 24, 2005
The vérité fascinates, even if the artifice is obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 5, 2005
the positive messages of The Game... make it worthwhile, especially for younger auds with a spirit of adventure to see something not created for the multiplex
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 22, 2005
expertly evokes these kids' world, where a cell phone is an all important possession, hip hop slang the language of the day and their couplings the main topic of conversation.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 29, 2005
An innovative romantic coming-of-age tale set in a tough ghetto area outside Paris populated mainly by Muslim kids from North Africa.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 21, 2005
This isn't La Haine, it's more like Raising Victor Vargas, another surprisingly positive-minded film about urban youth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 21, 2005
L'Esquive consistently teeters on the brink of tragedy but dares to end on a chipper note.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 14, 2005
Mostly a monotonous din of kids trashing one another.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 16, 2005
It is a provocative and potentially rich premise, to be sure, but the execution here is somewhat lacking.
September 1, 2005
Games of Love and Chance plays like a French version of Jim McKay's Our Song. But, unlike McKay's superior American version, Kechiche is unable to transform the everyday lives of his characters into something meaningful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 16, 2005
Has a lot of promise, but despite two raw, excellent performances L'esquive does not deliver.
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