Read My Lips


Read My Lips

Critics Consensus

A clever and offbeat character study about two people discovering each other.



Total Count: 96


Audience Score

User Ratings: 5,839
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Young secretary Carla is a long-time employee of a property development company. Loyal and hardworking, first to arrive and last to leave, Carla is beginning to chafe at the limitations of her career and is looking to move up. But as a 35-five-year-old woman with a hearing deficiency, she is not sure how to climb out of her humdrum life, though she is confident in her own abilities. Into her life comes Paul Angeli, a new trainee she decides to hire. Paul is 25 years old and completely unskilled, but Carla covers for him when the need arises because of his other qualities - he's a thief, fresh out of jail and very good-looking. It's a case of good meeting bad.


Critic Reviews for Read My Lips

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (93) | Rotten (3)

  • Audiard has created one of those rare, commercially released movies that trades in actual, honest-to-god surprise.

    Oct 4, 2002 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Having changed into action gear, the picture never looks back, leaving two people who seemed wonderfully unique to do things that are cinematically trite.

    Oct 4, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • See it now, before the inevitable Hollywood remake flattens out all its odd, intriguing wrinkles.

    Sep 20, 2002 | Rating: 3/4
  • It's neither as romantic nor as thrilling as it should be. But it offers plenty to ponder and chew on as its unusual relationship slowly unfolds.

    Sep 5, 2002 | Rating: 4/5
  • Thoughtful, provocative and entertaining.

    Aug 9, 2002 | Rating: 3/4
  • It's erotic, suspenseful and built around two surprising characters. Even better, it doesn't feel like every other thriller we've ever seen.

    Aug 9, 2002 | Rating: B+

Audience Reviews for Read My Lips

  • Dec 12, 2007
    I really loved this movie, a beautiful yet gritty romance/thriller. One of the best movies I have seen lately. Both Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Devos gave astounding performances. Since I have now seen all of Jacques Audiard's work, it is safe to stay that this is his masterpiece, with "A Prophet" tailing close behind.
    Kyle S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2007
    Superb Hitchcockian thriller with a fantastic double act in Emmanuelle Devos & Vincent Cassel, who are both excellent. The film is unbearably tense, romantic, sexy, offbeat and finally oddly beautiful. The cinematography is great, the central conceit is used to great effect (sound design is particularly effective) and the direction taught. The director, Jacques Audiard, who has gone on to make the equally impressive <i>The Beat That My Heart Skipped</i>, is fast becoming a personal favorite...
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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