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Time Out (L' Emploi du temps) Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 10, 2002
I found myself growing more and more frustrated and detached as Vincent became more and more abhorrent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 29, 2002
Time Out, which looks great but moves like molasses, is more interesting than truly involving.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 10, 2002
The drama discloses almost nothing.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 19, 2002
I admire the closing scenes of the film, which seem to ask whether our civilization offers a cure for Vincent's complaint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
April 11, 2002
In its treatment of the dehumanizing and ego-destroying process of unemployment, Time Out offers an exploration that is more accurate than anything I have seen in an American film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 26, 2002
Time Out is deep and delicious, growing more and more intriguing with each passing scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 30, 2002
Time Out plays out slowly, but Vincent's disconnectedness creates odd suspense and black humor.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric D. Snider
September 18, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury
June 6, 2002
It's unnerving to see Recoing's bizzarre reaction to his unemployment. Good film, but very glum.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 10, 2002
What a modern horror story!
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 15, 2009
| Original Score: 4/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
May 24, 2002
The film is darkly funny in its observation of just how much more grueling and time-consuming the illusion of work is than actual work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
February 10, 2004
Here's a sleepy little treasure folks! Veteran French stage actor, Aurélien Recoing, looms in the film. He is at once foreboding and inviting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 29, 2002
Conveys the soul-shattering debilitations of unemployment and the spunk needed to survive while adrift in the universe.
Jeremy Heilman
April 10, 2002
Recoing's fantastic performance doesn't exactly reveal what makes Vincent tick, but perhaps any definitive explanation for it would have felt like a cheat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 25, 2002
...a quietly introspective portrait of the self-esteem of employment and the shame of losing a job...
Full Review | Original Score: A
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 4, 2002
a confident, richly acted, emotionally devastating piece of work and 2002's first great film
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 13, 2002
A hidden-agenda drama that shouts classic French nuance.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 24, 2002
Laurent Cantet has created an absorbing masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Rich Cline
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
From a deceptively simple premise, this deeply moving French drama develops a startling story that works both as a detailed personal portrait and as a rather frightening examination of modern times.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 9, 2002
Lynne Truss
Daily Mail (UK)
December 15, 2003
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
Alexander Walker
London Evening Standard
July 9, 2002
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David Ansen
November 1, 2007
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August 8, 2008

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July 21, 2005
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