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The Hedgehog Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 26, 2011
The film congratulates itself on its compassion, but for us the facile, overbearing, suffocating niceness only produces fatigue.
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
March 11, 2011
despite winning performances from both Bolasko and Igawa, the saintly Kakuro's immediate and abiding attraction to this blankly grumpy figure is never made credible.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 16, 2011
As with Submarine, The Hedgehog proves that Rushmore's influence has now completely spread across the Atlantic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
August 15, 2011
The emotional manipulation gets irritating though, and the characters seem more archetypal than real. They exist merely to prove a point.
Cole Smithey
August 21, 2011
[VIDEO] At best, "The Hedgehog" seems like half a decent idea for a movie. At worst, it comes across as a severely unfinished narrative begging for some stiff editorial direction.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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David Fear
Time Out
August 17, 2011
Plays like a Gallic version of a Sundance flick, complete with on-the-nose references ... and just enough offbeat touches to make it seem more deep than it actually is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
August 25, 2011
What does happen seems to happen in slow motion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Lucian Robinson
Financial Times
September 1, 2011
Charming and annoying by turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paj Sandhu
October 22, 2010
Never heavy handed or melodramatic, [The Hedgehog] wisely allows the humour and drama on display to flow naturally and steadily.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anna Harrison
Concrete Playground
July 6, 2010
The Hegdehog is an intimate and uniquely told parable about the importance of scratching the rough surface of life for the chance of discovering the hidden gems beneath.
Rory Meyer
Empire Magazine
July 6, 2010
As oddball as the creature that inspired it, The Hedgehog warms the heart with its prickly tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
August 20, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
July 7, 2010
There is plenty to savour in The Hedgehog for both audiences coming to it fresh and for fans of the novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 17, 2011
The sweet, the comic and the tragic blend together most agreeably in the winsome French romance "The Hedgehog."
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
Nell Minow
August 19, 2011
It is pleasant enough, but it is like a frame without the picture.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Simon Foster
July 8, 2010
Making her feature-length film debut, Mona Achache displays a fearlessness in her approach to a multi-tiered character study with psychological and existential overtones, all set within the confines of what amounts to a single-setting chamber piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Nora Lee Mandel
August 19, 2011
Subtly changing the [novel's] darker tone, [t]he almost-too-sweet film's emotional climax arrives with a simple hug [as] a transforming human connection.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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