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Merci Docteur Rey Reviews

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TV Guide
February 25, 2009
The grinding noises you hear are the gears of this labored French comedy straining to keep a ridiculously convoluted narrative moving along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jessica Winter
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A limp, smirky lark.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 15, 2005
The movie, written and directed by Andrew Litvack, a protégé of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, strains to be the ne plus ultra of arch, hyper-sophisticated fun, but the laughs are few.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 25, 2004
An arch, clumsy effort...not only poorly written but ineptly staged... Mercy!
Full Review | Original Score: F
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
October 14, 2004
Merci Docteur Rey, which occasionally works as a passable farce, stoops to the sight gag of vomit.
| Original Score: 2/4
October 8, 2004
Merci for nothing, Docteur Rey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Angela Shah
Dallas Morning News
October 7, 2004
While the cast of Merci Docteur Rey gives it a good shot, this romp stumbles a bit.
Full Review | Original Score: C+

E! Online
October 1, 2004
It's as if Litvack tossed all these bad gags, multiple storylines and kooky characters into a blender and hit puree.
Full Review | Original Score: D
David Noh
Film Journal International
September 25, 2004
What is all too apparent on the screen is a general pointless ineptitude, particularly dire in circumstances which require both material and handling to be done with the most effervescent of skill.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 20, 2004
Brainless and pointless.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News
September 17, 2004
Tries too hard to be madcap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine
September 17, 2004
In this comedy of murder, there is exactly one laugh, involving a dress and wallpaper, which is one more than there is of a real human moment or emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Susan Granger
September 17, 2004
There's much ado about very little in this flimsy, fallible Gallic comedy/melodrama which confounds with its complex, voyeuristic incongruity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 15, 2004
This is less a coming-out tale than a showcase for late-middle- aged hysterical divas in flowing caftans to yell, scream and ride roughshod over the young homosexuals who are nominally the movie's center.
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David Blaylock
Village Voice
September 14, 2004
With Yank Andrew Litvack pinch-hitting for producers Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, Merci is free of much of that M-I pomposity, replacing it with an unnerving drollness.
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Dennis Harvey
September 10, 2004
It comes off as forced wackiness of the worst kind, at once cloddish and faux-sophisticated.
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
September 2, 2004
Lacks the sophistication it needs to be truly effective, hopelessly lost in its unfunny gags and weak plotting.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Phil Hall
Film Threat
August 27, 2004
| Original Score: 0.5/5
August 10, 2004
A horribly mannered, self-conscious film that gets more tiresome as it goes along.
Tom Dawson
August 7, 2004
The efforts of an experienced cast ... can't invigorate the tedious screenplay or distract from the stilted direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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