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Irma Vep Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
August 1, 2011
Light, playful, and self-reflexive, Assayas' film is a mi or work but it's enjoyable and boasts a graceful performance from Maggie Cheung.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
January 7, 2009
The post-modern compulsions on display here may bring movies together, but they also keep people apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 3, 2008
A wonderful tribute to filmmaking that could only be made in France, it has delightful performances and a low-budget style -- like the film it parodies -- which work beautifully.
Top Critic
March 3, 2008
Irma Vep's director, Olivier Assayas, evinces a love of the process that's nearly as palpable as Truffaut's.
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David Rooney
March 3, 2008
Slender but appealing.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A delightfully nonchalant movie, complete with some nice satirical barbs aimed at contemporary French film culture, and fine performances throughout.
Michael Dequina
October 14, 2005
Amusing satire on French cinema and the insanity that is filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 29, 2004
We just love to make movies about movies to deconstruct them, to see what's behind them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide
July 30, 2003
Cheung, slinking around the corridors of her hotel in her sheath of shiny black latex to the dissonant chords of Sonic Youth, is an instant icon of everything cool.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Minor but witty.
| Original Score: 3/5
Hollywood Bitchslap
May 13, 2003
Like many French products, it's quirky but not all it's cracked up to be.
| Original Score: 3/5
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
April 30, 2003
One of the few movies about making movies that captures the kinetic madness of the process. Maggie Cheung, playing herself, floats like a bemused Buddha through the maelstrom, offering a welcome sense of grace and normalcy.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 11, 2003
Love of film is the magical point of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
March 17, 2002
A sometimes scathing, sometimes goodnatured satire of the French film industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
[It] seems to function as a cinematic state of affairs, examining the functions and motivations behind the movies we see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
As effortless as a shrug and boasts a film buff's dream cast.
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Assayas turns the camera on the behind-the-scenes process, and the results are both comic and revealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Scripted in ten days and shot in less than a month, the film unravels like a delirious piece of automatic writing, though in this case the sinister implications apply to a very different world -- our own.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
January 1, 2000
It's a languorous love ballad, and a daring one, about the way moving pictures move, the way they hold light, the way they steal from us when we're not looking.
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John Hartl
January 1, 2000
Assayas demonstrates an assured light touch here, drawing expert comic performances from Cheung, Richard and Ogier while using a 16mm hand-held camera to lend the film a live, experimental quality.
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