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The Man on the Train (L'homme du train) Reviews

July 11, 2003
Each actor comes to perfectly embody his character.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
June 27, 2003
Patrice Leconte's fanciful odd-couple drama oozes flavorful, provincial atmosphere.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 6, 2003
Under Leconte's artful direction, a believable bond develops between the men, each envious of the direction the other's life has taken.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 6, 2003
It is a perfected fable flashing across a screen.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
June 6, 2003
The actors couldn't be more perfect.
Read More | Original Score: B+
June 5, 2003
The movie has the kind of texture and depth that will make true movie-lovers sigh with the pure cinematic, human grace of it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 5, 2003
Immensely satisfying, and if it's also puzzling and frustrating at times, so is life.
Read More | Original Score: B
June 5, 2003
It gives us two of the most interesting men to show up in recent movies. So delightful are they both that you hate to have to leave them at the end of the film.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 30, 2003
No one mixes graceful melancholy and bittersweet comedy better than Leconte.
Read More | Original Score: B+
May 29, 2003
For the most part, [Leconte] pulls back and lets the two stars do their thing. And they do it marvelously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 28, 2003
[Leconte] directs as if he were enjoying the story bit by bit, and he is splendidly aided by his two principals.
May 26, 2003
Quintessentially (in places, ludicrously) French yet is suffused with a tender Yank envy.
May 24, 2003
We come to like these two men and look forward to their interaction with a quiet anticipation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 23, 2003
Taps into the same emotional current that sustains the entire 'buddy picture' genre, but does so with feeling and unmistakable insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 22, 2003
While the set-up ... is as old as the grade-B western, we're willing to forgive many of the contrivances because Rochefort and Hallyday are such wonderful personalities.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 22, 2003
A beautifully deft, witty character study.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 16, 2003
The movie is as contemplative, gentle, and subdued as it is understatedly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 16, 2003
Man on the Train is a contemplative ride through a province that expands with age -- the sad-eyed land of might-have-been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 16, 2003
One of [Leconte's] most elegant films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 16, 2003
Real depth here is short-circuited by florid editing and a general hokiness that undermine the unlikely rapport Hallyday and the lovely Rochefort forge.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 16, 2003
Piquant, thoroughly engaging character drama.
May 16, 2003
Sometimes you get tired of 'splaining and you just want to say: Hey, this one's really very good.
May 15, 2003
In the context of French filmmaker Patrice Leconte's canon, Man on the Train qualifies as an anecdote. But it may stay with some viewers longer than an epic poem.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 15, 2003
The movie -- simple, pure and powerful -- makes us feel the intensity of both life in transit and life lived, if only for a moment, in another's skin.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 12, 2003
[A] beautiful and quirky fable that's part spaghetti Western, part French poem. It's an unlikely but lovely combination.
May 9, 2003
Two magnetic male presences command the screen in Man On the Train, but Patrice Leconte finds a friendship between weathered Frenchmen more difficult to forge than the far more asymmetrical relationships of previous films.
May 9, 2003
There's a special pleasure in watching Rochefort and Hallyday.
May 9, 2003
The movie's slow pace and gentle humor pay off in a pounding cross-cutting between the heist and the surgery, as well as a transcendent ending that is as rewarding as it is ambiguous.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 9, 2003
A literate story that relies on a thoughtful script and the work of two exceptional performers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 9, 2003
Mr. Leconte gives this meeting of opposites in Claude Klotz's script a lovely, sportive Úlan, instead of making it register as lumpy, obvious polemics.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 8, 2003
As a filmmaker, [Leconte] doesn't have anything profound to say but does say his something with craft, visual flair and professionalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 8, 2003
It speaks to the quixotic desire to know what it feels like to be someone else, someone utterly different from ourselves -- the reason we talk to strangers, the reason we go to the movies.
May 7, 2003
An elegantly polished little film.
May 7, 2003
The premise, the structure, and the men-at-twilight conversation in Patrice Leconte's ingratiating drama feel cloyingly predetermined at times, but the sight of Hallyday and Rochefort luxuriating in their contrasting manly personas is a kick.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 6, 2003
Collapses in a heap of affirmational outbursts and metaphysical goop.
February 25, 2003
This is an actor's picture, with Hallyday's craggy menace chiming perfectly with Rochefort's rueful charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 2, 2002
A triumph of moviemaking, where simplicity rules and emotions get expressed through humor, pathos and moments of surprisingly tenderness.