Le Premier Jour du Reste de ta Vie (The First Day of the Rest of Your Life) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Le Premier Jour du Reste de ta Vie (The First Day of the Rest of Your Life) Reviews

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
July 31, 2010
An ode to parenting, taken at a mature and sophisticated level. The pains and joys are represented well, without fanfare or histrionics
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
July 31, 2010
This is a vibrant film filled with truths of everyday life, when communication, misunderstandings, circumstances and emotions mesh together like a single heartbeat
Philip French
Observer (UK)
November 27, 2009
A funny, deeply affecting and often painfully truthful movie about families, parenthood, growing up, growing old and dying, devoid of sentimentality.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
November 27, 2009
By using such a typical family, it's a film most will be able to relate to, making it an inspiring, uplifting and, at the end, deeply moving mini masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
November 27, 2009
Director and writer Rémi Bezançon has a view of family life at odds with that of our own curmudgeon Philip Larkin, and the final reel proves the point.
| Original Score: 3/5
Tom Dawson
Film4
November 20, 2009
Despite being engagingly acted and smartly structured, this ambitious effort from Rémi Bezançon ultimately presents a sentimental vision of la vie famille.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
November 20, 2009
While it's competently put together, you can't help wondering what the point is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 20, 2009
Reasonable enough, but underpowered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
November 20, 2009
The movie's keen to show off its period threads and craft solo acting moments, all of which it does entertainingly, but we can't quite see the ties that bind: these feel like five characters in search of a common gene pool.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alan Mack
Little White Lies
November 20, 2009
From its title downwards, this uninspiring French dramady embraces cliché at every turn, relying on simplistic humour, obvious emotional cues and performances straight out of Albert Square to tell its story.
| Original Score: 2/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
November 20, 2009
For a story with so many sub-plots it's to Bazancon's credit that he keeps the psychological plates spinning without mishap.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
November 20, 2009
The bittersweet shifts are deftly realised by some superb performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
November 20, 2009
Bézançon handles the passage of time and the shifts of perspective quite adroitly, and creates a real sense of the characters as a family unit. His use of music is also inspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
November 20, 2009
A wonderful soundtrack and a collection of great performances make this an entertaining and touching ensemble piece.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
November 20, 2009
Brilliantly directed, impeccably acted French drama with a script that's both laugh-out-loud funny and deeply moving - this is easily one of the best films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 20, 2009
A joy to watch, with vibrant characters, inventive direction and an emotional resonance that's both provocative and deeply moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 20, 2009
Over-stylised and undernourished, French director Rémi Bezançon relies a little too heavily on clichéd cinematic catastrophes to provide dramatic momentum to what is at heart a rather unspectacular saga of familial discord and reconciliation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
July 15, 2009
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Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 28, 2009
Bezançon has done a beautiful job moving back and forth through time and bringing background stories to the foreground before letting them slip away for another's point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 25, 2009
The combination of deft writing and directing and a first-rate ensemble cast brings the viewer into the lives of the Duval family and it is well worth the time.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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