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Roman de gare Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
Lelouch's splintered narrative, mostly related in flashback, plays games with the characters without delivering much of a payoff.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 9, 2011
Stylist Claude Lelouche (A Man and a Woman) is still full of surprises in his choice of genres and subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
November 14, 2008
The air of Gallic nonchalance ensures you have a lot of fun watching Pinon and Ardant match wits. It's Dana, however, who anchors the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
November 14, 2008
An engaging, enjoyable slice of suspense from the French.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
November 7, 2008
There's a lushness and emotional charge here that makes this very watchable. Don't expect poetry, though; it's more like a good crossword puzzle.
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
November 7, 2008
It's surprising, enthralling, intriguing, blackly droll, and a rattling good yarn.
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
November 7, 2008
It's filled with intriguing characters, it has a fascinating initial premise -- and then it runs off the rails.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
October 31, 2008
The thriller elements that become the crucial threads in the third act are a bit clunky and the resolution is not convincing, either dramatically or romantically, but the film is nonetheless an entertaining journey
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 31, 2008
Lelouch surprises us at every turn and we never know where the story is going to take us.
Top Critic

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 10, 2008
It's too bad you can't shove a new theatrical release into your beach bag, as if it were a well-worn paperback.
Top Critic
August 22, 2008
Lelouch is now 71 years old, and I bet he's never had as much fun with a film. Roman de Gare threads plots and characters and twists together like a demented weaver.
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
The ever-appealing Fanny Ardant and the enigmatic, pug-faced character actor Dominique Pinon have many subtle delights up their sleeves, and newcomer Audrey Dana is a revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 1, 2008
... about the creation of fiction, the way we spin lies together into a simulacrum of life - if there's any philosophical point of view beyond that it's that every narrative is necessarily an abridgment of truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
July 24, 2008
What's especially clever about the plotting is that anything that proves to be merely a red herring is then incorporated into another storyline.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
July 18, 2008
If this kind of storytelling is your cup of absinthe, Claude Lelouch makes it easy to sip appreciatively.
| Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 16, 2008
In many ways, Lelouch's film is -- in its somewhat old-fashioned way (which isn't a pejorative) -- the most bracing dose of cinema I've seen all year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
July 11, 2008
Provides one of the year's more memorable movie moments: a simple shot of a barn, overlaid with both the soothing crooning of a Gilbert Becaud pop song and the terrified squeals of a hog being slaughtered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 27, 2008
Even if the game isn't entirely successful, it's fun to play along.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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