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

July 13, 2019
There are bigger incongruities around the corner... that bury the film's credibility.
June 20, 2019
This often well-acted and intriguing blend of caper and commentary comes off as forced and heavy-handed, scoring obvious points without offering anything particularly new. Heck, there's even a hooker with a heart of gold.
June 6, 2019
Though jarringly violent at times, the film becomes a wash of low-keyed comic attitudes thrown into the works of a crime story.
June 5, 2019
When Pierre-Paul enjoys a gentle S&M scenario with Camille, while also quoting Plato's dialogues, "The Fall of the American Empire" reaches peak eyeroll-inducing wish fulfillment.
June 4, 2019
Politics and social commentary aside, we are left with a crime film. One that isn't very suspenseful or particularly clever.
May 31, 2019
An unbearably preachy post-financial-crisis civics lesson in heist movie drag.
Top Critic
May 31, 2019
The film's knowledge of everything from Stoic philosophy to money-laundering is refreshing.
May 31, 2019
The tacit thrust of Mr. Arcand's film is didactic, even polemic.
May 30, 2019
It's a chore to explore these questions with the hapless, high-minded Pierre-Paul, who talks down great writers and artists, and claims to be a genius but doesn't do much to convince us he actually is.
May 30, 2019
A commentary on avarice, inequality and charity sharing space with wry caper elements. The mix is for the most part a welcome one, save one unappealing character, a retrograde love story, and an air that's almost too blasé for its own good.
May 30, 2019
With its galloping pace and strange criminal bedfellows, this funny and engrossing film sometimes feels like the droll capers of the Ealing studio.
May 27, 2019
The film grows into a caustic comedy, rife with fidgety questions.
September 8, 2018
The film is always watchable, even for all of its sluggishness.
September 8, 2018
A richly amusing rumination on the excesses and amorality of capitalism that plays like an ingeniously contrived mashup of film noir melodrama and Ealing Studios comedy.
September 7, 2018
Fall is Pretty Woman for socialists, a Capital-conscious fairy tale in which a nice guy not only attempts a perfect crime but wins the heart of a prostitute hitherto moved only by American dollars.
September 6, 2018
[One] darkly amusing scene is classic Arcand. Unfortunately, The Fall of the American Empire doesn't consistently deliver that level of wit as it probes our love of money.