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Little White Lies Reviews

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 11, 2012
"Little White Lies" is a bit too long, but has plenty of Gallic charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 27, 2012
A sprawling, initially engaging French comedy-drama that became a hit in France but ultimately underwhelms.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 20, 2012
The script is banal, but the acting company and the locations are easy on the eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 13, 2012
The overall tone of "Little White Lies" feels off, or maybe it just doesn't translate to American audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 13, 2012
At times, it's amusing. At times, it's tragic. At times, it's romantic. But, like many vacations, it's way, way too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
September 7, 2012
As the movie wears on ... the melodrama amps up to a final scene capable of draining any remaining pathos.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 6, 2012
Little White Lies wants to capture something momentous and meaningful in these people's lives. But ultimately it's hard to care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
September 6, 2012
There's a fly-on-the-wall quality to it that adds a voyeuristic zing to the proceedings and gives this French take on "The Big Chill" its particular warmth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 31, 2012
It's just that, when it's over, 2 1/2 hours seems too big an investment for just pretty good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 30, 2012
The movie is 154 minutes long. It probably doesn't need to be that long, but there's an advantage to sinking into this milieu, growing familiar with the characters and learning their stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 29, 2012
The trouble with Guillaume Canet's French gloss on The Big Chill is that it has no underlying chill.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 24, 2012
A film this long should end with the audience feeling it knows the characters like old friends. Instead it ends with an outside observer delivering an insight that isn't really an insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 24, 2012
Pretty easy to take, and not just because of the lovely photography of the French coast, all oyster farms and pink wine and long dinners under the trees. Because there are also these wonderful performers.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
August 23, 2012
With an ensemble led by Marion Cotillard and François Cluzet, the French hit has personality to burn, and squanders most of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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August 23, 2012
Little White Lies simply tries too hard.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 23, 2012
Although these friends have some fun horsing around in the water, their conflicts and rivalries make for a tense, joyless holiday that is anything but relaxing.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 23, 2012
A movie built from strung-together set pieces.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 23, 2012
Can tout a gorgeous setting, a group of appealing actors and a mastery of the art of wine-fueled conversation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
August 23, 2012
Little White Lies' fundamental problem is that it's hard to empathize with characters who have so little empathy themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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David Fear
Time Out
August 21, 2012
Canet's melodrama has earned the snarky sobriquet "the Gallic Big Chill" on the festival circuit, but that's giving this mush way too much credit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
August 21, 2012
The din of this crew's constant caviling and passive-aggressive insulting is further intensified by the puzzling, nonstop boomer soundtrack
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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
June 11, 2012
More than two hours and thirty minutes of bland images and platitude-heavy breakthroughs.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 27, 2011
In what's meant to be a French take on The Big Chill -- comedy meets pathos as friends gather at a country house in the wake of a tragedy -- writer-director Guillaume Canet has wrought a meandering script that exercises everything except restraint.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
May 26, 2011
At 154 minutes, Little White Lies goes on 30 minutes longer than necessary and, with the exception of Cotillard, is heavily weighted toward the men's stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
April 13, 2011
It's slightly glib, very glossy and over-extended at 154 minutes. But there's an overriding sense that Canet knows this territory, and gets the best out of an excellent cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 22, 2010
Canet has difficulty maintaining the film's finely calibrated tragic-comedic balance in the heavily maudlin third act, much to its detriment.
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Jordan Mintzer
Variety
September 12, 2010
With a meandering 2 1/2-hour edit that could easily lose a reel or two, the fun gives way to several longueurs midway through.