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

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Top Critic
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
January 19, 2010
For better or worse, there isn't a human experience that French director Andre Techine can resist lathering into a tone poem.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 23, 2010
Lacks sufficient focus, plausibility and an emotional core despite being provocative with a terrific ensemble cast and ...milie Dequenne's charming, radiant performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.91/10
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
January 21, 2010
Though told with verve and acted with diamond-like preciseness, it never plumbs the core of its story, and so risks being as serene and unreflective as Jeanne herself
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
January 20, 2010
There might have been deeper currents of envy and displaced shame to plumb in the case of Girl on the Train, but for once this reliably penetrating filmmaker hasn't found them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
January 21, 2010
Techine glosses over the story's most potent issue: France's complicated relationship with its Jewish community.
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
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+
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 3, 2010
A rare disappointment from André Téchiné...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brandon Judell
CultureCatch
January 30, 2010
Every world-class director is allowed to misstep now and then, so don't be too hard on André Téchiné.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
January 20, 2010
Feels like two different films cobbled together, without much to connect one to the other...the disconnect between the two is huge.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 26, 2010
It's a well-acted, but frustratingly inconclusive exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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
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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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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 6, 2010
The Girl on the Train is a bit of a crime caper, but crimes of the heart, indeed, defects of personality, are what veteran filmmaker Téchiné is about here, with spotty success.
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
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.
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
February 20, 2010
How do you say Tawana Brawley en Francais?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

Christian Science Monitor
January 3, 2011
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