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The Girl on the Train (La Fille du RER) Reviews

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Jon Frosch
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
September 10, 2010
We don't come close to understanding Jeanne's very particular choice of fabricated victimization, and Téchiné, erring too much on the side of enigma, doesn't seem to, either.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
June 7, 2010
Understated but involving, The Girl On The Train tells a very personal and specific story that resonates with wider insight into the state of modern France.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 7, 2010
It's an interesting approach, avoiding didactic hand-wringing in favour of elliptical character drama...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
June 4, 2010
André Téchiné's spellbinding storytelling glosses over the issue somewhat, but never deplorably so.
| Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 3, 2010
A rare disappointment from André Téchiné...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
June 3, 2010
The film doesn't quite solve the puzzle -- why the girl did it -- but it doodles intriguing equations and theories on the blackboard.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sloan Freer
Radio Times
June 3, 2010
The film's complex political and social themes are frustratingly simplified, reducing events to bare-bones implausibility and making empathy hard despite the impressively subtle performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
June 2, 2010
The film's big strength is its unwillingness to dish out easy answers
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 20, 2010
The French-made drama is too aloof and measured, even when things should get more heated and emotional.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
May 11, 2010
Techine once again displays a masterful control ofall aspects of his movie, a typically rich character study.
Shawn Levy
April 29, 2010
Émilie Dequenne projects little in the lead; neither her passion nor her foolhardy decision to draw attention by claiming the mantle of victimhood convinces.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 29, 2010
A movie whose blitheness doesn't know when to quit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 29, 2010
Although this stylish and ominously paced vehicle starts with a full itinerary, it never makes a vital connection.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 28, 2010
A character study par excellence, that simmers and lingers and reveals itself only by inches.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 28, 2010
Perhaps the most prominent characters in the film are the trains themselves. They keep roaring past and taking the camera into dark tunnels, a ubiquitous, vaguely malignant presence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
April 23, 2010
Téchiné's choice of zag over zig succeeds in upending the audience's expectations, although it's not clear to what end.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
April 23, 2010
Could have been a bit more focused and refined but it is still a rich, deep, and complex drama with spectacular performances by Deneuve, Blanc, and Dequenne.
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James Berardinelli
April 22, 2010
Although the main character's motivations remain largely a matter of conjecture, The Girl on the Train is a compelling piece of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 22, 2010
The Girl on the Train reverberates with a quiet, seductive power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 22, 2010
The movie seems likely to be about anti-Semitism, but that's more the occasion than the subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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