Le nom des gens (The Names of Love) Reviews

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August 6, 2019
Every bit as anonymous and lost as its cartoonish, cookie cutter characters, who whittle down the cultural complexities of a diverse France into a stale and toothless romantic comedy.
January 8, 2019
A film with such a clever premise could easily slide from satire to silliness. But "The Names of Love is fun without being too farcical.
May 3, 2015
Inspires a strange fascination, thanks mostly to an sometimes awe-inspiring indifference to matters of propriety or good taste.
January 6, 2013
An edgy French twist on the old Hollywood "meet cute" romance.
January 18, 2012
It's a credit to the talents of his cast as well as to Leclerc's ability to juggle comedy and drama that The Names of Love manages to be so winning a concoction.
November 14, 2011
Your name is your destiny ... but not always
November 2, 2011
The far-left lead character in The Names of Love is so enchanting even Rush Limbaugh would give her the time of day.
October 21, 2011
What is so surprising -- even exhilarating -- about The Names of Love is that it shucks off the desultory roadblocks that engine the modern romantic comedy.
October 4, 2011
There's a taste of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Something Wild" "Forces of Nature" and even "Bringing Up Baby," perhaps the best of the wild child-seduces-straight arrow romances.
September 16, 2011
It's a familiar story, but one that Leclerc tells with a lot of energy and ingenuity.
September 1, 2011
It's always entertaining, and it boasts a terrific performance from Sara Forestier.
September 1, 2011
Any movie that can wring hilarity out of a scene in which the heroine keeps making inadvertent Holocaust references has to be doing something right.
August 26, 2011
A bit jarring while still totally disarming, The Names of Love stirs the pot in more ways than one.
August 26, 2011
The elements of sex, race and religion spin in separate orbits, but the two likable leads hold them together as the film grows surprisingly serious.
August 26, 2011
A modest bit of fun.
August 24, 2011
It's commendable to want to mix serious ideas and emotional complexity into a light comedy, but you need to have a point that goes deeper than "bigotry is bad."
August 21, 2011
An extreme scenario, yes, but really just a new French take on the time-old screwball comedy motif: straight guy meets crazy gal.
August 19, 2011
It's a playfully sexy farce that plays like a Gallic "Annie Hall" - if Annie had been as blithe about nudity as Baya is.
August 18, 2011
Playfully provocative and boasting a star-making turn from Sara Forestier, The Names of Love addresses the volatile issue of European assimilation and multiculturalism, but in a tone and tenor full of screwball whimsy.
August 18, 2011
Instead of asking "What's in a name?,'' this slyly delightful piece of Gallic fluff wonders at all the ways that names - the labels we give to one another - bring us into the world and keep us apart from it.
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