Love Me if You Dare (2004)


Critic Consensus: The romantic leads are too obnoxious and self-centered to generate interest or sympathy.


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Part romantic comedy and part black comedy, director Yann Samuell's 2003 feature film debut Jeux d'Enfants (Love Me if You Dare) follows the exploits of two young would-be lovers as they go from childhood to adulthood with themselves as the greatest hurdle to their own happiness. Julien and Sophie first meet at the age of eight when both are undergoing great trauma: Julien is watching his mother die and Sophie has become the focus of intense hazing at the hands of some fellow schoolmates. On one fateful day, Julien decides to stick up for Sophie and pulls a practical joke on her tormentors. Henceforth, the two embark on a close friendship that revolves around daring each other to pull increasingly audacious practical jokes, rather than on the seemingly obvious intimate relationship they seem dangerously close to discovering at any moment. Jeux d'Enfants was selected for inclusion into the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival as well as that same year's Telluride International Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for Love Me if You Dare

All Critics (79) | Top Critics (27)

Movie characters don't have to be nice, but they do need to be interesting. Nastiness without intrigue translates, in whatever language, to 'annoying.'

Sep 10, 2004 | Rating: 2/4

Love Me If You Dare is far from everybody's cup of latte, but for those willing to take that dare, it has plenty to chew on.

Jul 9, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Melds the magic of childhood memories with the pain of unrequited love.

Jun 17, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

There's an outlaw fascination in watching two people for whom going too far is never far enough.

Jun 10, 2004 | Rating: B

The problem is, the characters eventually start to seem like a couple of idiots.

Jun 4, 2004 | Rating: D+
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The elegantly photographed, unconventional French romance was apparently intended as a valentine to individual liberation. If so, rarely has the line between individual liberation and selfish irresponsibility seemed so blurry.

Jun 3, 2004 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Love Me if You Dare

Artsy fartsy French film...never could get into this kind too much.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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Not only is every scene between mother and son hideously corny and sentimental, but it is almost impossible to put up with two sociopaths so utterly immature, disgusting and loathsome amid conflicts that are all childish, irritating and artificial.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Juvenile and selfish, Love Me If You Dare dares to entertain in an appalling manner depicting an affair adulterated by irrationality, irresponsibility, and immaturity. Inspired by Amélie in cinematic behavior and approach, Love Me If You Dare is an intriguing confusion communicating offensive and embarrassing messages aggravated by improper humor.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

I stopped watching this halfway through and, you know what, I don't feel even remotely bad about it. 2011 is too short to be spending with fictional douchebags!

Drew Smith
Drew Smith

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