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The Well-Digger's Daughter Reviews

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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 19, 2012
[It's] enjoyable enough as it plods along, and the final act wraps things up on a fulfilling note.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 19, 2012
A pastoral wrapped in gauze, sunlight and sentimentality.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Alonso Duralde
July 19, 2012
An unchallenging but utterly palatable movie to take your subtitle-reading grandma to see on a Sunday afternoon.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 19, 2012
You feel yourself slowing down and relaxing as you watch; there's nothing rushed or crowded about this film, just a quiet story carefully told.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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July 19, 2012
Auteuil is hardly the first to sing the praises of Provence, but he sings with a passion eloquent enough to give nostalgia a good name.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 19, 2012
Auteuil has a very classical touch behind the camera...
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 18, 2012
The Well-Digger's Daughter pushes a number of nostalgia buttons at once, most of them pleasing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cole Smithey
July 18, 2012
"The Well-Digger's Daughter" transports the viewer to the smells, rhythms, and social constraints of a France that no longer exists.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Michael Nordine
Village Voice
July 17, 2012
Doesn't give us reason to assume that what we don't see is much more scandalous than what we do.
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Boyd van Hoeij
July 16, 2012
The humanist spirit of Gallic novelist-director Marcel Pagnol is alive and well in the old-fashionedly sincere The Well-Digger's Daughter.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
July 16, 2012
Ultimately comes off as curiously anecdotal, lacking the dramatic dynamism that could give Marcel Pagnol's tale new life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
June 19, 2012
Beautifully photographed, handsomely performed World War I romance.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 31, 2012
A film to enjoy away from the noise and chaos of most movies on offer, and while not relevant in some ways, certainly relevant as a note about the strengths and weaknesses of human nature
Don Groves
February 29, 2012
Auteuil shines in bucolic French melodrama about filial love and forgiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 24, 2012
A tour de force remake of Marcel Pagnol's 1940 film about love, loss, class, forgiveness, and transformation that come from the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Turner
December 10, 2011
Beautifully shot and emotionally engaging, this is an enjoyably old fashioned French drama with a superb script, likeable characters and terrific performances from Auteil, Darroussin and Berges-Frisbey.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
December 8, 2011
here's a broad appeal to be gleaned from its antiquated charm, modest focus and a clutch of ripe, old-school character turns, especially from Auteuil in the lead and French stalwarts Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Sabine Azéma.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
April 28, 2011
Daniel Auteuil offers a crowd-pleasing remake of a Marcel Pagnol classic.
Emanuel Levy
February 28, 2013
| Original Score: B+
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