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Time to Leave Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 21, 2006
It's about a gay man coming to terms with his mortality, and, in a plot twist that's as contrived as it is ironic, with the biblical injunction to procreate.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 28, 2006
Pointless, crushingly dull "disease of the week" film [about] a shallow, selfish, gay fashion photographer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jon Frosch
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
One gets the feeling while watching Time to Leave that the feisty director is, for the first time, bored by the story he's telling.
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
July 11, 2006
Time to Leave winds up a tiresome affirmation of man's biological duty to procreate; the position is simplistic verging on obnoxious, especially after 5x2's attack on the hetero family model.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 20, 2006
It does absolutely nothing that previous movies dealing with this subject haven't done.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
May 1, 2006
François Ozon's latest follows in the footsteps of familiar made-for-TV-movie terrain but does so wearing Prada shoes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sheri Linden
Boxoffice Magazine
August 1, 2006
Has its effective moments of restrained intimacy but lacks the depth to give the slow-going narrative much impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
July 28, 2006
Much of the film works to undercut any sense of real emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
July 20, 2006
...surprisingly unengaging [and] utterly devoid of humor.
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
July 21, 2006
Romain sees his inner child wherever he goes. The problem is, that childishness is all we really understand about the character. Nothing else punches through.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
September 30, 2006
Modern audiences are more likely to find the character's behavior to be extremely frustrating, undercutting any sympathetic response one might have for his situation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
December 16, 2006
It's difficult to feel positive about Romain's acceptance of his mortality, because Ozon hasn't convinced us Romain was that alive to begin with.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 20, 2006
Time to Leave blows a fresh, skeptical wind through fairly corny melodramatic territory while keeping faith with the operatic emotions of the genre.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 2, 2006
Those looking for the traditional Hollywood sweetness or payoffs will walk away disappointed, but the rough-hewn film offers riches to those willing to endure its downbeat tale of detachment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Don Willmott
December 1, 2006
takes one of the most tired movie cliches of all time -- "I'm sorry, but you only have a few months to live." -- and turns into to a totally fresh look at what it truly means to live
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Beth Accomando
March 26, 2008
It's noteworthy for the performances of Melvil Poupard as Romaine and Jeanne Moreau as the grandmother-two people facing their own mortality, and trying to exit this world with grace and dignity.
Matt Pais
September 7, 2006
Simply treats death as life's final curveball, with Romain solemnly and bravely letting the hourglass trickle down as it will.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 12, 2006
An emotionally moving story, which somehow never dips into cliched sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 13, 2006
A lyrical and heart-affecting French drama that reveals that we must each encounter death on our own terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kent Turner
July 14, 2006
Ozon transplants the melodrama genre to the here and now, taking a sentimental form and adding frank sexuality (is that a prosthetic Mr. Poupard or are you in the moment?) and a steely attitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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