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The Chateau Reviews

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April 11, 2005
Unfunny from beginning to even after the end.
| Original Score: 0/5
December 8, 2002
Once the viewer accepts the huge leaps of faith required in the film's premise, it's a lot of fun to strap oneself in and enjoy this goofy ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 2, 2002
There are enough of the usual only-in-the-movies misunderstandings between Graham and Allen to delay any sort of resolution, but director Jesse Peretz neglects to fill the gaps with any memorably diverting action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 29, 2002
The new faces are interesting, but the old story isn't, especially when it starts to seem more improvised than scripted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 29, 2002
There's a spontaneity to The Chateau, a sense of light-heartedness, that makes it attractive throughout.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 21, 2002
Has an improvisational feel and a cheesy, shot-on-video look (why do that when you've got the French countryside as subject?), but that first hour is still worth seeing.
October 4, 2002
Funny, even after it has run out of ideas.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 25, 2002
The uneven movie does have its charms and its funny moments but not quite enough of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 19, 2002
Given too much time to consider the looseness of the piece, the picture begins to resemble the shapeless, grasping actors' workshop that it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 17, 2002
Nothing more than an amiable but unfocused bagatelle that plays like a loosely-connected string of acting-workshop exercises.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 13, 2002
It's a likeable piece and a prime audition reel for both Rudd and Malco.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 13, 2002
A culture clash comedy only half as clever as it thinks it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 11, 2002
'The Château is never quite able to overcome the cultural moat surrounding its ludicrous and contrived plot.'
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 6, 2002
A culture-clash comedy that, in addition to being very funny, captures some of the discomfort and embarrassment of being a bumbling American in Europe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 6, 2002
Thanks to The Château's balance of whimsicality, narrative discipline and serious improvisation, almost every relationship and personality in the film yields surprises.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 5, 2002
... a fluffy, flaky croissant of a culture clash comedy, barely substantial enough for a feature but just light and tasty enough to satisfy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 5, 2002
Limps along on a squirm-inducing fish-out-of-water formula that goes nowhere and goes there very, very slowly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 30, 2002
Ze movie starts out so funny, then she is nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 29, 2002
Has the gritty look of a Dogma film, which shows what the movement's influence has been reduced to: a trendy look, not a set of principles for honest, no-frills filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 26, 2002
An enjoyable comedy of lingual and cultural differences... The Château is a film -- full of life and small delights -- that has all the wiggling energy of young kitten.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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