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The Intouchables (2012)



Critic Consensus: It handles its potentially prickly subject matter with kid gloves, but Intouchables gets by thanks to its strong cast and some remarkably sensitive direction.

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An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility, The Intouchables has broken box office records in its native France and across Europe. Based on a true story of friendship between a handicap millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his street smart ex-con caretaker (Omar Sy), The Intouchables depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common. -- (C) Weinstein
R (for language and some drug use)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Special Interest
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François Cluzet
as Philippe
Omar Sy
as Driss
Anne Le Ny
as Yvonne
Audrey Fleurot
as Magalie
Clotilde Mollet
as Marcelle
Cyril Mendy
as Adama
Josephine DeMeaux
as La D.R.H. de la société
Dorothée Brière
as Eléonore
Joséphine de Meaux
as La D.R.H. de la Société
Dominique Daguier
as Philippe's Friend
Thomas Solivérès
as Bastien, dit le Plumeau
François Caron
as Philippe's Friend
Emilie Caen
as La Galeriste
Sylvain Lazard
as New Auxillary
Jean-François Cayrey
as New Auxillary
Ian Fenelon
as Candidate
Renaud Barse
as Candidate
Michel Winogradoff
as Waiter at Deux Magots
Nicky Marbot
as Policeman
Benjamin Baroche
as Policeman
Jerome Pauwels
as Neighbor in Car
Antoine Laurent
as Neighbor in Car
Hedi Bouchenafa
as The Mechanic
Caroline Bourg
as Frédérique
Kevin Wamo
as Driss's Friend
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Critic Reviews for The Intouchables

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (36)

Gives its subject too light a treatment for the life-affirming message to feel earned.

January 2, 2013
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

It delivers broad laughs and tugs at the heartstrings without delving too deep - the very definition of a crowd-pleaser.

Full Review… | September 18, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

If you loved "The Bucket List," you'll be exclaiming, "Incroyable!"

Full Review… | July 31, 2012
Top Critic

The easygoing posture and strong casting keep The Intouchables from stumbling over vexing questions of race, class and disability.

Full Review… | June 2, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

A box office phenomenon in France, this crowd-pleasing drama is based on a true story but sticks closely to the template for a Hollywood buddy movie.

Full Review… | June 1, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

More than a little unrealistic.

Full Review… | June 1, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Intouchables

A conventional and predictable French comedy that offers few surprises, even if there are some good humorous moments and the actors are great. The problem is that it feels hard to accept the way the movie develops the unusual friendship between the two characters.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Choon and Lijun recommended this to me. The two leads have fantastic banter and Driss' relationships with everyone are moving and convincing. Deducted half a star because it played up the 'comic relief' and 'entertainment' stereotypes, but it is very comical and entertaining.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer


This touching true story of a millionaire and his convict caretaker revolves around a friendship of disrespect and humor. Omar Sy (Driss) is probably best known to American audiences as Bishop from the X-Men franchise, strong and mostly silent. Here he is much more effervescent and humorous as Driss, inept to the social surroundings of his employer, and he is full of heart and heartbreak. Of course there isn't anything new about this film, or the story it tells, but it's heartwarming to see a quadriplegic overcome the baser anxieties of his handicap, and for a disenfranchised ex-con find happiness and loyalty in his friendship. Besides being very gooey with emotion, their exchanges are quite funny. Driss always seems to know just how to make Philippe (Cluzet) laugh, even while being very inappropriate. Most of what Driss does in this film is inappropriate and very un-PC, but the character is charming and the dialogue is coaxing, making this a very interesting film in of itself.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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