Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) Reviews

December 4, 2019
A parody of bourgeois French cinema, and the focus on the comically transparent autofictions of the hapless writer, Léonard, mimicked classic Woody Allen - not in a good way.
October 24, 2019
Two hours of French naval-gazing about smoking, drinking, complaining...
October 16, 2019
A meal made up of nothing but appetisers.
October 16, 2019
Olivier Assayas is treading water with this amiable but self-indulgent and finally negligible movie about intrigue and adulterous goings-on in the publishing world of Paris.
August 15, 2019
Non-Fiction is an immature French farce.
June 5, 2019
Assayas' critique of bourgeois semantics and digital addiction ultimately lacks bite, and instead dwells on the obvious emotional contradictions that have populated much of French cinema for decades.
May 29, 2019
These pseudo intellectual Parisians present theses, state bias, and move on. It's like Assayas wrote them with the same algorithms he says have replaced taste-making critics.
May 27, 2019
An unusually uninvolving detour for the historically erudite director, seemingly stuck too doggedly in the past to really explore the ideas that will shape our future.
May 13, 2019
If everything in it didn't feel so irrelevant in the face of the very real and lasting changes occurring in communities far more interesting and worthy of our attention, Non-Fiction would be every bit as enjoyable as it obviously believes itself to be.
May 8, 2019
The film becomes insufferable when Assayas's perspective generates approval rather than criticism... Assayas resists judging his characters and winds up praising them.
May 3, 2019
Similar to his last film, Personal Shopper, Non-Fiction isn't awful. It's just aloof, sterile and unimpressive. Audiences and fans looking for another emotionally-charged [Olivier] Assayas film will just have to wait.
May 3, 2019
Full of a postmodern self-referentiality that feels smart but goes nowhere.
May 1, 2019
Somewhere under Non-Fiction's awkward shuffling is a cautionary tale about reading between the lines.
May 1, 2019
A sarcastic comedic riot for intellectual European film circles but probably won't sustain the typical American's short attention span.
September 21, 2018
There is no kind of introspection and the film, although it is capable of generating laughs, is easily forgotten. [Full review in Spanish]
September 20, 2018
However intermittently funny Assayas's newest film may be, Non-Fiction seems strikingly bidimensional.
September 9, 2018
Olivier Assayas drains the film of the playfulness at its margins, leaving only an esoteric lecture in its place.
September 6, 2018
It sounds madcap, but it's not. Non-Fiction is instead a largely sedate puzzle-box of coy insinuations.