The Town Is Quiet (La Ville est tranquille) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Town Is Quiet (La Ville est tranquille) Reviews

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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
For all of the apparent naturalness on screen, Guediguian's grim vision comes off as far too calculated.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 20, 2002
It's a strong viewing experience but definitely worth the effort.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 22, 2002
It's a pitiless film, uncompromising in what it shows us.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 16, 2002
Always, one gets the sense that this film is coming from some place real, and terrible.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 15, 2002
...the film's characters are familiar, real-life people, whose sadness reaches out from the screen.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
February 1, 2002
La ville est tranquille is not depressing, but a sense of sadness permeates the film. As dramatic as it is, Guediguian's point is well taken: this town will remain quiet.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 8, 2001
Many of the contemporary problems of the Western world ... are given unforgettably human faces.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 6, 2001
Inflated with a doom that feels programmatic rather than earned.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Jan Stuart
October 28, 2001
A worthwhile act of social criticism.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 26, 2001
Unfortunately, writer-director Robert Guediguian allows his Marseilles-set drama to ramble on for nearly two hours with subplots that go nowhere -- and half-baked leftist political commentary -- before focusing in for a quietly devastating climax.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 25, 2001
You are left with an overall impression of a movie so full of life that it is almost bursting at the seams.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 23, 2001
Although an inordinately long 132 minutes, The Town Is Quiet fails to make its connections clear.
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
May 11, 2001
A rewarding experience for those who relish gusts of Gallic gloom.