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Two in the Wave (Deux de la Vague) Reviews

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
May 19, 2010
Marginally intriguing, easy-to-follow and stylishly edited, but it barely scratches the surface of its topic and leaves avid film buffs hungry for more thorough, revealing explorations and analyses.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.76/10
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
May 17, 2010
Makes the concurrent careers of Godard and Truffaut, and their unforgettable milestones, seem like dead history rather than vibrant art.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
May 15, 2010
Emmanuel Laurent's brief introduction to the relationship of French New Wave progenitors Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Goddard tip-toes too lightly around its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
February 10, 2011
Two in the Wave lacks those very qualities for which it applauds Truffaut and Godard: poetry, ideas and feistiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 19, 2010
Laurent knows the facts of his subject, but he loses the emotional thread amid all the flimsy homage.
| Original Score: 2/5
Marcy Dermansky
May 9, 2010
The film, unfortunately, has the feel of a lesson from a school book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/6
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 21, 2010
Laurent glosses over the contributions of other New Wavers, such as Eric Rohmer, Claude Chabrol and Agnes Varda. Laurent's biggest mistake is inserting Isild Le Besco, a wonderful contemporary actress, into Two in the Wave.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 19, 2010
The lack of key interviews gradually becomes a problem (Truffaut died in 1984) and the final stretch becomes curiously shapeless.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
May 21, 2010
By taking a convoluted approach to a compelling topic, novelist/documentarian Emmanuel Laurent and screenwriter/film critic Antoine de Baecque do an unfortunate disservice to the dual legacies of both Franois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
September 2, 2010
Regardless of its lapses, [it] is a reminder that at one time cinéastes could put together a formidable street demonstration...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Carmen Gray
Total Film
February 7, 2011
Laurent probes the pair's stylistic and political differences and their friendship's collapse by letter exchange...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kam Williams
May 23, 2010
A fascinating and informative, must-see documentary for any serious cinephile
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matthew Sorrento
Bright Lights Film Journal
May 20, 2010
A tribute that also serves as an introduction ... For those of us already in the know, the film plays like a passionate return to a great conversation.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 21, 2011
I love all this stuff, and it's really interesting to hear it all told again in a new way, and one thing that Laurent does well is that he refuses to side with either Godard or Truffaut in their feud.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
May 18, 2010
An anniversary present for the new wave.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
February 9, 2011
Makes you want to spend all day doing nothing but hop from cinema to cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 28, 2010
...a cinema buff's dream that, while flawed, not only boasts some great content but the unusual idea of 'starring' Isild Le Besco, a budding director herself, as a cinema student who 'guides' us through the material.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
March 25, 2011
... a loving tribute to the two artists whose names will forever be associated with the Nouvelle Vague and the friendship that bonded them for so many years.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 20, 2010
Wisely resists the temptation to invite them to share memories of youth. Rather, it gathers newspaper clippings, newsreel footage and movie clips to assemble a present-tense essay that is both time capsule and collage.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 2, 2010
The movie becomes a wonder of archival randomness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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