The Intouchables

Critics Consensus

It handles its potentially prickly subject matter with kid gloves, but Intouchables gets by thanks to its strong cast and some remarkably sensitive direction.

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93%

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User Ratings: 45,213
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An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility, The Intouchables has broken box office records in its native France and across Europe. Based on a true story of friendship between a handicap millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his street smart ex-con caretaker (Omar Sy), The Intouchables depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common. -- (C) Weinstein

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Cast

Omar Sy
as Driss
Anne Le Ny
as Yvonne
Thomas Solivérès
as Bastien, dit le Plumeau
Joséphine de Meaux
as La D.R.H. de la Société
Dominique Daguier
as Philippe's Friend
François Caron
as Philippe's Friend
Emilie Caen
as La Galeriste
Sylvain Lazard
as New Auxillary
Jean-François Cayrey
as New Auxillary
Ian Fenelon
as Candidate
Renaud Barse
as Candidate
Michel Winogradoff
as Waiter at Deux Magots
Nicky Marbot
as Policeman
Jerome Pauwels
as Neighbor in Car
Antoine Laurent
as Neighbor in Car
Hedi Bouchenafa
as The Mechanic
Caroline Bourg
as Frédérique
Kevin Wamo
as Driss's Friend
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Critic Reviews for The Intouchables

All Critics (123) | Top Critics (39)

  • Gives its subject too light a treatment for the life-affirming message to feel earned.

    Jan 2, 2013
  • There is something so fatuous about the whole farrago that one will never again believe the old saw that the French are more cultured than the Brits and couldn't possibly be taken for this sort of gooey ride.

    Sep 21, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • For once, the hype is justified.

    Sep 20, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Dalya Alberge

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • Enjoy it before the English language version comes out.

    Sep 20, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It delivers broad laughs and tugs at the heartstrings without delving too deep - the very definition of a crowd-pleaser.

    Sep 18, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • If you loved "The Bucket List," you'll be exclaiming, "Incroyable!"

    Jul 31, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    John Anderson

    Newsday
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Intouchables

  • Jul 29, 2014
    This touching true story of a millionaire and his convict caretaker revolves around a friendship of disrespect and humor. Omar Sy (Driss) is probably best known to American audiences as Bishop from the X-Men franchise, strong and mostly silent. Here he is much more effervescent and humorous as Driss, inept to the social surroundings of his employer, and he is full of heart and heartbreak. Of course there isn't anything new about this film, or the story it tells, but it's heartwarming to see a quadriplegic overcome the baser anxieties of his handicap, and for a disenfranchised ex-con find happiness and loyalty in his friendship. Besides being very gooey with emotion, their exchanges are quite funny. Driss always seems to know just how to make Philippe (Cluzet) laugh, even while being very inappropriate. Most of what Driss does in this film is inappropriate and very un-PC, but the character is charming and the dialogue is coaxing, making this a very interesting film in of itself.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 27, 2014
    In "The Intouchables," feeling he has no chance at the job in question, all Driss(Omar Sy) wants to do is get his form signed, so he can continue with benefits after spending six months in prison. So, Magalie(Audrey Fleurot), the major domo to Philippe(Francois Cluzet), a super wealthy paraplegic, tells him to return the following day. When he does, Driss is amazed to learn he has the job to take care of Philippe in his daily activities, not to mention the living quarters that go along with it. But that's the easy part. The hard part is making it through the trial period. Let's be honest. We've seen hundreds of movies like "The Intouchables" before and we will see hundreds more before it is all over. Except maybe not as patronizing or cliched as this one, with Margalie suffering worst in this category. For example, tough love is not the solution for every problem as I think everybody wants to work but can't due to a lack of jobs, especially ex-convicts. Yes, Philippe does bring up his ill-gotten wealth a couple of times and the classic music medley is a definite highlight. But that's kind of too little, too late to save this disappointing movie. And not to compare bagels to croissants, but I think the television series "Suits" did it much better in the giving somebody a chance department.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2014
    Maybe the solutions presented to wrap up the story may be too simple minded. They forget it is a true story. Maybe the story has been told too many times in the past: an individual with either mental or physical disabilities meets his counterpart with a completely different personality. A conflict begins, but as the story is supposed to dictate, they form an everlasting bond, because they were brothers, parent and son, or in this case, friends. They forget it is a true story. I can hear what you are thinking. The fact that a film is based on a true story does not mean that all the remaining elements should be immediately justified. The dramatic decisions taken to present it may be predictable, and the movie may not offer anything daring or revolutionary. Those people forget that one of the many arts in cinema as media is the art of dramatization. Indeed, the loss of stars in my personal rating comes from the fact that it offers nothing new. The film will take around two years to be fully digested and expelled from my system permanently, but that doesn't mean that the ones responsible for bringing this moving story to the big screen did not manage to successfully touch the correct sensitive fibers for causing a worthy, temporary positive word-of-mouth. The film is indeed overrated and its place among the infamous Top 250 is out of proportion, but not any bias will convince me to shy away from my objective perspective that allows me to say: It is a heartwarming film of recycled material with a brave touch of comedy (that could have failed very easily) and with potential tears towards the ending. 72/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2013
    A noted blockbuster in France, "The Intouchables" is an inspiring, funny, sappy, true-to-life tearjerker that works mostly due to the charismatic performances of Omar Sy and Francoiz Cluzet, whose excellent chemistry helps the film overcome some of its downfalls. Critics have had quite a field day with "The Intouchables," dubbing it as being overly sentimental and schmaltzy and manipulative, which I consider to be unfair remarks. There seem to be some facts that were adjusted in order to tug on its viewer's heartstrings, but aren't all films like that? Aren't all films manipulative in some way or another? "The Intouchables" works well for what it is.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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