Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) Reviews

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.
May 10, 2018
Schoenaerts and Exarchopoulos are still good, but the story drags them down.
May 10, 2018
Gino and Bénédicte devolve from characters who determine their own destiny into ciphers who arouse more pity than sympathy.
May 9, 2018
Two good characters and two good performances go into the old poubelle - or, as we say in English, the garbage bin.
May 4, 2018
The work by the two leads is consistently committed, not to mention oozing with old fashioned movie-star charisma.
May 4, 2018
This is melodrama, after all, but borderline boring melodrama, painting over scenes of potentially high tension with blasé realism.
May 3, 2018
"You have to stop lying," a father tells his daughter's new lover in "Racer and the Jailbird," and that's exactly what I wanted to say to whoever made the movie's trailer.
Top Critic
May 2, 2018
Racer And The Jailbird sputters more than it guns.
September 10, 2017
Roskam's structural choices weaken the overall intensity of the story, while a third-act detour into another genre is simply misguided.
September 8, 2017
The whole thing becomes drenched in a kind of downbeat sentimental martyrdom that feels oppressively old-fashioned and moribund.
September 8, 2017
Racer and the Jailbird speeds along at an engaging clip, but never overcomes the fundamental simplicity of its plot.