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The Grand Role (Le Grand Rôle) Reviews

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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Favors melodramatic and quirky twists, never bothering to lay down substantive ballast.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 30, 2006 as long as one doesn't think about it too much...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
December 15, 2005
...a diverting little comedy/drama, with a good central performance from Freiss, but...nothing much more on display.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
October 8, 2005
Director Steve Suissa balances the comedy and the tragedy of the material effectively
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
September 29, 2005
As in many of his films, Jaglom establishes a striking intimate rapport with his female subjects.
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Eddie Cockrell
June 3, 2005
Predictable yet charming.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
June 3, 2005
Bereft of real laughs while lacking the depth to make its emotional aspects more moving, the film never manages to assimilate its shifting tones and ultimately seems trivial.
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
May 20, 2005
Their characters are compelling and completely realistic, the acting is first-rate, and many scenes in this black-and-white movie (which was shot in different countries, including Saudi Arabia) are breathtaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 12, 2005
It's a weirdly winning illustration of love that O. Henry himself would have loved.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 12, 2005
Bittersweet and sophisticated.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Anita Gates
New York Times
May 6, 2005
A touching Parisian love story about an actor and his dying wife.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 6, 2005
A shaky effort to make a point about art triumphing over all.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
May 6, 2005
Good acting means getting the details right, but the details are what's missing in this French tearjerker of a comedy.
| Original Score: 1.5/4

E! Online
May 6, 2005
Funny, romantic and poignant all at the same time, Le Grand Role is quite a star.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine
May 5, 2005
A good one that could please most specialized audiences, especially couples.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Ng
Village Voice
May 3, 2005
Director Steve Suissa spells out the acting metaphors for the cheap seats but leaves subtler points of intrigue unexplored.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
April 26, 2005
Fails to summon a compelling parallel between Merchant's anti-Semitic baggage and the Jewish Maurice's own struggles as an actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Harvey S. Karten
April 25, 2005
Stephane Freiss's monologue from 'The Merchant of Venice' would make Al Pacino envious.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jordan Hiller
April 12, 2005
Le Grand Role's magic for me is that the love between Freiss' Maurice and Berenice Bejo's Perla transcends anything that Judaism could possibly take credit for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
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