The Decline of the American Empire (Le Déclin de l'Empire Américain) Reviews

November 20, 2015
Arcand's chatty examination of a group of middle-aged intellectuals brought a hint of Woody Allen to the wilds of the Canadian film landscape, eclipsing linguistic politics with sex, and successfully reframing the next generation's existential crisis...
July 10, 2011
What Arcand has devised is a kind of Nia Vardalos movie in tenured-faculty clothing: Our Big Fat Bourgeois Salon ... It trades only the crudest ironies and screenwriting mechanics.
October 30, 2008
As a movie with a lot of clever talk about sex and love, this is pretty good. As a movie about the decline of the American empire it pales in comparison to the real thing.
October 5, 2006
August 20, 2006
instead of being wickedly funny, it's repellent before becoming a total snore
November 18, 2005
June 14, 2005
Subtle and wittty in discussing sexual politics in the academic world, Denis Arcand's film deservedly won the Oscar for Foreign Film in 1986.
October 10, 2004
Give Empire credit for giving Woody Allen a run for his money in '86, but its force has all but vanished today.
August 26, 2004
Asks all the right questions about the sexual revolution and makes some interesting connections between eros and middle age.
June 25, 2004
November 30, 2003
There's very little plot in Decline of the American Empire...but when the dialogue is this good and the characters this compelling, that's not necessarily a bad thing.
November 7, 2003
Atravs de suas conversas casuais (embora com efeitos estudados), os personagens deste filme estabelecem um vivo retrato das relaes humanas - especialmente do sexo, claro.
July 1, 2003
Arcand's message might not be the happy, happy, joy, joy we have come to expect from our movies but he does shed some truth, no matter how hard it might be to digest.
January 1, 2000
Here is a movie where everybody talks about nothing but sex, and the real subject is wit.