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

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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 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 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
Arcand's message is as blatant as his heist plot is subtle, and perhaps that's the point.
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 16, 2019
The roteness is often cringe-worthy and tone shifts jarring. But darned if I wasn't wrapped up in the altruism Arcand is selling in taking broad swipes at Trump, Trudeau and the loathsome one-percenters who worship at the altar of illegal tax shelters.
June 14, 2019
The Fall of the American Empire is like an economics class taught by Georges Simenon or Elmore Leonard. Denys Arcand has made a great, violent, socially relevant crime caper film.
June 14, 2019
For all its bite, Fall is oddly endearing, too, leavening its harsh portrait of money-madness with aw-shucks moments of solidarity and kindness.
June 12, 2019
The Fall of the American Empire is light summer fun with gunfire, nothing to get too riled up about.
June 7, 2019
Arcand's incisive examination of socioeconomic injustice uses humor to overcome clichés and avoid turning heavy-handed.
June 7, 2019
The movie sneaks up on you, gets under the skin and wins us over with its astute observations and keen sensibility about the way of the world and the ways the system can be subverted.
Top Critic
May 31, 2019
The film's knowledge of everything from Stoic philosophy to money-laundering is refreshing.
May 31, 2019
This film is enjoyable if not terribly believable, & manages to take potshots at the dumbing-down of our society while spinning its fanciful tale. That's Arcand at his best, and if he's coasting a bit with this trifle I'm not going to complain
May 31, 2019
Arcand, in the midst of all the lies, theft, murder and torture, insists that there is reason to hope and even maybe room for God in our callous, calamitous present and future.
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