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The Big Picture Reviews

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Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine
October 9, 2012
Like its protagonist, the film sells out for the security of convention and complacency.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Aldridge
Radio Times
July 21, 2011
Eric Lartigau's film is glossily watchable, but it's hampered by a central conceit that never really convinces, and not even a cameo from screen legend Catherine Deneuve lifts proceedings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
July 21, 2011
Duris brings an edgy vulnerability that makes him a sympathetic figure through a tale that never quite adds up.
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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

Film4
July 27, 2011
The Big Picture has an inevitable 'je ne sais quoi'; though this never quite smooths over the cracks in its plotting or saggy pacing as an identity thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
October 9, 2012
For most of the film, Lartigau creates the tension of a Hitchcockian thriller solely through Paul's interior struggle ...
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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
July 21, 2011
This is a fitting second film for Duris that expands his acting arsenal, showing him in a tenser scenario, but still allowing that boisterous nature to shine through
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Aaron Yap
Flicks.co.nz
July 14, 2011
Starts out with the makings of a thriller... but eventually settles into redemptive character drama mode with shades of Michelangelo Antonioni's existential classic The Passenger.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
August 11, 2011
Lacking tension throughout and with some scenes edited far too quickly for the story to make real sense, this is an interesting premise which doesn't quite click.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 29, 2012
Makes full use of Duris' essential "lost" whimsicality.
Tim Grierson
Screen International
September 29, 2012
A character-driven drama with the soul of an existential thriller that asks more questions than it answers about the nature of identity and the possibility of second chances.
Henry Barnes
Little White Lies
July 21, 2011
Thoughtfully and skilfully done. Duris is superb.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters
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
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
July 21, 2011
A vagrant, fitful mixture of domestic drama, existential thriller in the vein of Patricia Highsmith's Ripley series, and evocation of the underbelly of new Europe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
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-
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
March 5, 2011
Actor Romain Duris brings a crucial, though often overlooked, ingredient for a man-on-the-run thriller: vulnerability.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
| Original Score: 5/5
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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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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
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