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The Big Picture Reviews

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Marc Mohan
December 13, 2012
A decent-enough treat for fans of this particular Gallic genre.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 7, 2012
"The Big Picture" ends perhaps a bit too ambiguously, but there's something refreshing about its faith in the moviegoer's intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Boslaugh
December 6, 2012
...the ambiguity of the French title, L'homme qui voulait vivre sa vie ("The man who wanted to live his life"), is a much better fit for the film that the rather bland English title...
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 30, 2012
Director Eric Lartigau tells the story slowly, less interested in suspense than in character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 29, 2012
Makes full use of Duris' essential "lost" whimsicality.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
November 21, 2012
Takes familiar material - involving a violent crime and an assumed identity - and nudges it just enough to keep us interested for most of the ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 9, 2012
It moves, with supple muscularity, toward a twisty and satisfying conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
November 3, 2012
Director Eric Lartigau, adapting American author Douglas Kennedy's novel, keeps the tension building as Paul tries to leave behind his past and warily assume another person's life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 28, 2012
Are you a fan of Patricia Highsmith's Ripley stories?
Full Review | Original Score: A minus
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 25, 2012
Duris is excellent, his hair and eyes growing wilder with each step of the journey, and he has solid support ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
October 25, 2012
A word of advice to anyone who kills his wife's lover, fakes his own death, assumes the dead guy's name, and flees to a seaside Balkan town: leave the camera at home.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
October 17, 2012
Great photography and a vibrant performance by Romain Duris barely keep this lead-footed psycho-drama afloat.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
October 12, 2012
Sprawling crime drama about a high-achieving young Parisian lawyer forced to dump a seemingly picture-perfect life and go on the run is a suspenseful journey with emotional detours.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 12, 2012
A dark little fable, the story of two separate roads that briefly intersect - and what happens when a man suddenly jumps from one mapped journey to the other.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
October 12, 2012
The movie has the intense psychological focus of the late Claude Chabrol, if not Chabrol's graceful camerawork.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 11, 2012
If some of the plot details defy credibility, Romain Duris's electrifying performance makes you overlook any inconsistencies, as his likable character becomes a man on the run barely able to stifle his panic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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October 11, 2012
This existential thriller is about a person who seeks personal freedom by becoming somebody else.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 11, 2012
For most of the way, right up until a hastily contrived and deeply unsatisfying ending, the film perceptively sketches a fractured identity, a man who enters a new life carrying painful remnants of the old.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brent Simon
October 10, 2012
To call it understated is its own special understatement; this is a film-as-character-study, but one that hovers drone-like over its subject rather than digging in for deep psychological insights.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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David Fear
Time Out
October 9, 2012
Even [Duris] can't fully salvage a last act that clumsily tries to sell the notion that white-knight altruism is the ultimate creative satisfaction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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