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The Intouchables Reviews

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Michael Nordine
L.A. Weekly
January 2, 2013
Gives its subject too light a treatment for the life-affirming message to feel earned.
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Anna Smith
Time Out
September 18, 2012
It delivers broad laughs and tugs at the heartstrings without delving too deep - the very definition of a crowd-pleaser.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 31, 2012
If you loved "The Bucket List," you'll be exclaiming, "Incroyable!"
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 2, 2012
The easygoing posture and strong casting keep The Intouchables from stumbling over vexing questions of race, class and disability.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 1, 2012
A box office phenomenon in France, this crowd-pleasing drama is based on a true story but sticks closely to the template for a Hollywood buddy movie.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 1, 2012
More than a little unrealistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
June 1, 2012
The Intouchables works as a crowd-pleaser not because it's true, but because it's a plausible enchantment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 1, 2012
"The Intouchables" is actually quite touchable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 31, 2012
Some of the elements in the film are inexplicable and some are undeveloped, but there are a handful of nicely crafted set pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 31, 2012
I checked the production materials for "The Intouchables" and failed to find confirmation that any of this was inspired by 1987's "Disorderlies," in which the Fat Boys push old Ralph Bellamy around to his heart's content.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 31, 2012
It's the classic odd-couple buddy movie setup, only it'll pull at your heartstrings, whether you want it to or not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 31, 2012
You don't have to completely buy into the premise of The Intouchables to appreciate the very good acting by Cluzet and Sy.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 31, 2012
It has warmth, humor and an understated sweetness that is not to be taken for granted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 31, 2012
"The Intouchables" has an element of truth that it never quite recognizes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 25, 2012
Movies in which black characters, however nuanced or well meaning, act in subservience to whites, often raise hackles. For me, it all depends on how it's done.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 25, 2012
Two very different men, joined for purely businesslike purposes, finding their way to an intuitive, interdependent and quietly fulfilling union.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
May 25, 2012
From "It Happened One Night" to "Trading Places," it's yet another entry in the category of "rich people need ordinary folks to show them how to live it up."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 24, 2012
An exuberantly charming French buddy comedy that proves an audience will suspend disbelief and follow an unlikely story as long as it's superbly crafted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 24, 2012
It is possible to summarize the experience of watching "The Intouchables" in nine words: You will laugh; you will cry; you will cringe.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 24, 2012
The film fulfills its feel-good promise, as long as it's seen as the fairy tale it was meant to be.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 24, 2012
Not a great film but a warm one that pushes the viewer's emotional buttons so deftly it feels like a massage.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
May 24, 2012
The material is programmed to stimulate funny bones and tear ducts in a reassuring alternating pattern.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 24, 2012
What I see in The Intouchables is a tasty bonbon spiked with mirth but light on malice. Omar Sy and François Cluzet are superb actors.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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May 24, 2012
The movie, while inherently patronizing, is frisky and mostly likable. But its amiability depends on airbrushing potential sources of misunderstanding, both cultural and political.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 24, 2012
This French dramedy is totally winning, with a pair of performances that fit together perfectly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 24, 2012
There are plenty of reasons not to like "The Intouchables," but Omar Sy's terrific performance blows right past them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Sam Adams
AV Club
May 24, 2012
Sy and Cluzet give their parts more conviction than they deserve, even when the former is forced to re-enact the falsetto-singing-in-the-bubblebath bit from Pretty Woman.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 23, 2012
Cluzet has the daunting task of trying to strike a powerful contrast while acting only from the neck up, and he pulls it off with stoic, bemused grace.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 23, 2012
Apart from the wince-inducing moments, The Intouchables is often a pleasant buddy picture.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 23, 2012
Enjoy this movie for what it is - the kind of motion picture that can cause Champaign-like giddiness - and don't obsess over how true-to-life this work of fiction is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 22, 2012
There isn't a rough-edged subtlety that the film-based on a true story-doesn't make every effort to soften for mass consumption...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 22, 2012
I enjoyed "The Intouchables" quite a bit.
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
May 22, 2012
Savoring such moments... is like selling your soul to the devil. You'll pay for it later, but they please as they play.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
May 22, 2012
The film is an embarrassment.
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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
March 7, 2012
It's hard to muster much enthusiasm for a movie that leans so heavily on regressive culture-clash shtick and unimaginative stereotypes.
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
February 23, 2012
Though never known for their subtlety, French co-helmers/scripters Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache have never delivered a film as offensive as Untouchable.