Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) Reviews

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August 6, 2019
The movie is, in any case, very enjoyable, while personally and visually very energetic. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 17, 2019
Where the film's first half is stirring, fascinating and charming, its final acts are laborious, maudlin and comically depressing.
June 5, 2019
A film that brings together elements of a thriller and the romantic melodrama. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 3, 2019
There are stupendous performances, but what intended to be an unexpected story winds up being fatal for the film. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 13, 2019
Racer and the Jailbird is overly long and overly melodramatic... But the pivotal heist scenes are exciting and Schoenaerts and Exarchopoulos have terrific chemistry.
November 9, 2018
Don't be fooled by the title, this isn't a bouncy 70s-style comedy. Tonally it's a mixed bag, and the last act doesn't work. I came out as much bemused as deflated. The performances keep it watchable, along with a big set-piece action scene.
October 31, 2018
It's a stylish thriller packed with energy and exuberance.
August 27, 2018
Its spectacular fast-revving plot is suddenly wrenched into a seemingly endless, unfocussed, lower and more serious gear.
August 24, 2018
It's been a long while since I've seen a film start so promisingly before so spectacularly crashing and burning by the time it crosses the finish line.
August 20, 2018
Racer and the Jailbird is an unabashedly personal work... Roskam's "everything but the kitchen sink" approach is, more often than not, beautifully melancholic and deeply moving.
August 8, 2018
If the movie had made their characters proper equals, it could have been something great.
July 23, 2018
The characters are too generic to power a good love story and the plot's big unhappy turn is so arbitrary that you wonder if the writers had a list of options and made a random pick.
July 23, 2018
What ought to have been a sleek romantic heist movie is soon overcomplicated by a dizzying number of plot developments.
July 13, 2018
The two leads are excellent, and though the film stalls a little in the second half, there are some good heist scenes.
July 13, 2018
The filmmaking grows ever limper and less urgent, climbing down gears to leave the engine idling at many of the moments when it really needs to accelerate.
July 13, 2018
Frankly, it is a bit of a mess.
July 13, 2018
Just as the film appears to be on the brink of ignition...it suddenly reaches way beyond the abilities of the Flemish director and co-writer Michael R. Roskam and becomes an odd, lumbering melodrama.
July 11, 2018
A car crash. And not the Cronenberg kind.
July 9, 2018
Whilst far from an outright disaster, Racer and the Jailbird fails to satisfy on any level: its female lead is a passenger, its romance is lacklustre and, as a thriller, it's desperately short on engine power.
June 19, 2018
It's an exhausting watch; a film that never forges a true sense of character, and feels like it was rushed into production before the screenplay had even been completed.
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