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The Hedgehog Reviews

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March 30, 2016
Nicely crafted, The Hedgehog seldom aims to be more than a pleasant low-key diversion-at which it succeeds-so it's jolting when the story pulls an abrupt late turn that casts everything in a more serious, ambitious light.
Sarah Boslaugh
May 15, 2013
11-year-old Paloma (Garance Le Guillermic) is rich, precocious and extremely judgmental in the way that only a privileged child can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 27, 2011
A French drama that finds its power in the little moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 7, 2011
Le Guillermic is fine in this calm comedy of subverted exteriors and expectations, but it's the remarkably unpretentious -- earthy, even -- Balasko who anchors Achache's adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 7, 2011
... it's Josiane Balasko that makes it work.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 7, 2011
"The Hedgehog" sneaks up on you with its heartfelt storytelling and sophisticated wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Marc Mohan
October 1, 2011
Balasko's performance is the highlight, as she breathes believable inner life into the stock character of the lonely, embittered widow.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 22, 2011
A satisfying emotional experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brent Simon
September 20, 2011
A darkly comedic broadside aimed at stuffy French elitism.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Anita Katz
San Francisco Examiner
September 16, 2011
Portrayed by Balasko with nuance, grace, intelligence and humor, Renee is a quietly terrific portrait of a deserving, dynamic woman who has long gone unnoticed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 16, 2011
With her film, Achache achieves a rare thing: She is faithful to the spirit of a terrific book but finds ways to make it come alive on film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 8, 2011
A reminder that, sometimes, the movies can get a beloved book exactly right.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Parkinson
Radio Times
September 8, 2011
A charming performance by young Garance Le Guillermic proves key to the success of Mona Achache's adaptation of the popular Muriel Barbery novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 8, 2011
This a movie with such a light, stylish touch, it makes no claims to profundity and is a sweetly hopeful experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip French
Observer (UK)
September 5, 2011
It's a brisk, touching comedy with a deliberately shocking climax and attractive performances from Josiane Balasko and Togo Igawa as the two people who change Paloma's understanding of life.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
September 2, 2011
'Hedgehog' Bristles with French Charm
Full Review | Original Score: A minus
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 2, 2011
It's some feat for this gentle French drama to overcome the device of an impossibly precocious, camcorder-wielding 11-year-old narrator (Garance Le Guillermic), who has secret plans to commit suicide on her next birthday.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 2, 2011
"The Hedgehog" is a treat: a movie that's smart, grown-up, wry and deeply moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
September 2, 2011
This film's main attraction is the terrific Balasko. She is so watchable that one almost forgets about the awful Paloma and her video camera.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
September 2, 2011
The fate of a goldfish provides a subplot in a film strong on tender characterisation and rather wishful about the remedies for loneliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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