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Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud Reviews

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 4, 2002
Writer-director Sautet's great achievement is to introduce a world of undefinable impulses; the two actors' great achievement is to step into that world and experience them.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 28, 2002
Impeccably performed psychodrama about the search for intimacy.
Alex Albanese
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
The film's structure and resolute lack of closure deeply subvert American expectations of how a movie should be, how a movie should work and how a story is told. But it's worth a look, however quizzical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Farber
March 4, 2002
Takes a familiar French story of a May-December romance and renders it with unexpected nuance and uncommon wisdom.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
With a fine appreciation for the nuances of polite repression, Sautet makes a quiet, careful study of these two lonely people.
| Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
These are two great actors giving top-notch performances, and the restrained romance they project is fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
It's one sign of Sautet's success that, though he presents neither character as especially admirable or exceptional, he makes us care about them a great deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It is a matter of great erotic fascination when two people are intrigued by the notion of becoming lovers, but are held back by the fear of rejection _and_ the fear of involvement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's reserved, polished and challengingly intelligent.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
These characters are so realistically drawn that I did not for a minute think I was observing actors, rather I was eavesdropping on real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Sautet avoids the pitfalls of the usual May-December romance by eschewing all the cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
[Sautet's] insights into human nature are revealing, if extremely subtle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It glows with sorrowful humor in its look at two people who seem just right for each other but don't have time on their side.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Sautet makes movies about the you that you think only you know.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Emanuel Levy
July 25, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Globe and Mail
December 23, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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