The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) Reviews

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March 24, 2020
For those who prefer their larcenous high jinks leavened by a serious social conscience, this ebullient romp is just the ticket.
January 17, 2020
If it feels like everyone's a tool in a script instead of an engaging person, that's because that's the case.
October 1, 2019
I love the way [director Denys] Arcand blends different genres. This is satire, a romance and also a thriller.
August 5, 2019
...a thoughtful, good-hearted film full of unexpected turns, that has something in particular to say and it says it in a gentler, subtler way than most social satires might.
July 26, 2019
Arcand ends up overextending the crime-movie motif by trying to fashion a sedate tale about morality, which is an interesting premise, but this flatly acted heap of malaise doesn't do the idea justice.
July 15, 2019
Sure you've seen a lot of this before, but Arcand and the cast manage to give it a fresh and interesting spin.
July 13, 2019
There are bigger incongruities around the corner... that bury the film's credibility.
July 11, 2019
Liked everything abut this movie from its crafty actors to its crazy plot. Maripier Morin and Alexandre Landry are stars of tomorrow.
July 11, 2019
The Fall of the American Empire sets up, however halfheartedly, a classic premise about sex, greed and crime. Unfortunately, the film never gets us to care about the characters, who seem to only talk in plot points and themes.
July 11, 2019
Arcand's message is as blatant as his heist plot is subtle, and perhaps that's the point.
July 8, 2019
There are some sweet moments in the film, and a couple of extremely violent ones, quite frankly, not enough to earn the film's R rating. But overall, the movie is just a question mark.
July 8, 2019
"The Fall of the American Empire" does only one thing well: fall apart. Gracelessly. Stupidly. And without a shred of self-awareness.
July 5, 2019
Long-winded, ineptly-plotted satire of broken Western Civilization and the capitalism that killed it.
July 1, 2019
Even at a slightly too long two hours plus, the well-acted, unconventional (albeit flawed) escapade has more on its mind than most heist films. I do wish it had more effectively presented its arguments.
June 27, 2019
[The Fall of the American Empire] is at its best depicting a certain optimism in the face of all these malicious and random forces.
June 26, 2019
A provocative, witty and captivating crime thriller for adults. It's a great antidote to all of the loud, dumb and shallow blockbuster films.
June 25, 2019
See it and be surprised and amused.
June 24, 2019
The key to the movie's success is the dexterity with which Arcand has folded his socially conscious message with witty caper comedy, even if the darker elements aren't always a perfect fit.
June 23, 2019
Denys Arcand once again explores society's downfall in a tale about greed, corruption, and extravagance. The crime caper is reminiscent of an Ocean's film as the thieves make it look easy.
June 21, 2019
Audiences (myself included) have an insatiable appetite for caper movies, but while trying to justify itself as a social critique, The Fall of the American Empire too often fizzles.
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