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  • Summary: Marion and Mingus live cozily—perhaps too cozily—with their cat and two young children from previous relationships. However, when Marion’s jolly father (played by director Delpy’s real-life dad), her oversexed sister, and her sister’s outrageous boyfriend unceremoniously descend upon them for a visit, it initiates two unforgettable days that will test Marion and Mingus’s relationship. With their unwitting racism and sexual frankness, the French triumvirate hilariously has no boundaries or filters...and no person is left unscathed in its wake. (Magnolia Pictures)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Aug 16, 2012
    100
    It's extremely funny, one of the funniest films of 2012, with a particularly winning style - far-fetched, extreme and nonstop.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Aug 15, 2012
    88
    What impresses me more is that she (Delpy) has a lighthearted way about her and takes chances in comedies like this. It is hard enough to be good at all, but to be good in comedy speaks for your character.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Rose
    Jul 20, 2012
    80
    We've rarely seen comedy this smart since Woody Allen and Seinfeld left New York.
  4. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Aug 6, 2012
    63
    2 Days in New York splits its time between being a quirky comedy and a quasi-serious drama. Comparisons with Woody Allen may be inevitable, in part because of the setting, although none of the characters in this film are neurotic enough to match vintage Allen.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Aug 16, 2012
    63
    The comedy works some of the time; the pathos, more so. There's an undertow of grief in 2 Days in New York relating to the passing of Marion's (and Delpy's) mother, who died in 2009.
  6. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Aug 9, 2012
    50
    The film, which is about a chaotic 48 hours in Marion's life, succumbs to the chaos it depicts, and so undermines its best intentions. It is, all in all, a likable mess.
  7. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Aug 10, 2012
    25
    2 Days in New York plays like 2 years in Attica. You don't watch this movie so much as serve it out, a light comedy doled out as a heavy sentence.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Mar 16, 2013
    8
    Julie Delpy is great. In as much as she created the characters, was one of the writers, as well as directed and starred in this film. Hurrah! Yes it was a light comedy, but it was good to see Chris Rock in a controlled, intelligent and charming role. Julie Delpy has a lovely grounded-ness, and real presence. Collapse
  2. Mar 9, 2013
    7
    Not as good as the first, but it is still full of wit and wry humor. The addition of Chris Rock brings life into the film and Delpy is still effortlessly charming. Expand
  3. Dec 24, 2012
    6
    While nice to see Chris Rock in a lead role, the script affords him few opportunities to shine. Be ready to do some reading in this semi-foreign film (lots of French with subtitles). It warranties a weak 6 of 10 as there are some funny moments. Expand
  4. Sep 5, 2012
    6
    Was attracted to the film by the trailer-a cute comedy or errors and cultural differences-along with it's quiet indie feel. Chris Rock has never been a great actor and that slide continues in this film as well. However, I could personally identify with the idea of trying to connect/control/understand another's foreign family. All in all, remembering the movie, I cannot remember any single scene.....which may say more about this movie than anything. Expand
  5. Aug 20, 2012
    4
    Julie Delpy obviously loves New York, especially the Statue of Liberty, and takes you all over the city with her new film
  6. Dec 25, 2012
    3
    To indulge in the same cutesiness as this movie, Julie Delpy has all the annoying characteristics of Woody Allen or Larry David without any of the compensatory wit, humor, or intelligence. Expand
  7. Aug 26, 2012
    2
    French tourists are obnoxious, loud, dirty, and oblivious to anything other than their petty concerns. I was under the impressions these are adjectives for American tourists when they venture over to the Old World; however, according to Julie Delpy's new film, 2 Days in New York, French people are truly garish. Five years after her similar effort, 2 Day in Paris, a busy and crowded New York apartment is the setting for a very disappointing movie.

    Marion (Delpy) and Mingus (Chris Rock) live together with a modern, blended family setup. Marion has her toddler from a previous marriage and Mingus shares custody with his own elementary school aged daughter. They live in a cramped apartment somewhere in Manhattan but appear to be financially stable. Mingus hosts a few radio shows and writes for the Village Voice while Marion is a conceptual artist who is about to open her first solo show in a ritzy art gallery. The show opening is the impetus behind the invasion of the unbelievable French relations.

    Marion's father Jeannot (Albert Delpy) arrives with his other daughter Rose (Alexia Landeau) and her current boyfriend of the day Manu (Alexandre Nahon). Instead of comedic cultural insights or witty observations, the audience is saddled with farce and stupidity. They are delayed in customs for attempting to smuggle in 40 pounds of sausage and cheese. They cut their toe nails at the dinner table, use Mingus' tooth brush during some off-screen sexual tryst in the bathroom, and latch on to a middle school level running gag that Mingus's name rhymes with cunnilingus. I have been to France multiple times
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