Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Provides a smart and funny respite from most of what passes for romantic comedy these days.
  2. 75
    The movie doesn't add up to much, but it's an effervescent expression of an odd brute-hummingbird sensibility.
  3. 63
    Here's all you really need to know in order to determine whether Julie Delpy's 2 Days in Paris is something you need to experience for yourself: Her blond hair is often all frizz, and she prefers glasses with a big black frame. She's Mia AND Woody.
  4. Among the many offhand virtues of Julie Delpy's first feature as solo writer-director is the fact that she's as attentive to French foibles as American ones.
  5. 75
    A smart film with an edge to it.
  6. By accident or design the film is seriously unbalanced.
  7. Much of the nattery byplay seems improvised, and the results are very hit and miss – inspired contretemps alternate with gabfests that seem to go on forever.
  8. Reviewed by: Liz Beardsworth
    80
    Quirky, fresh and sharply intelligent. A promising debut for director Delpy, both thought-provoking and painfully funny.
  9. Delpy wrote and directed this study of a relationship heading (it would seem) for the rocks. She stages it with a funny and diverting improv-y flow.
  10. 2 Days in Paris is pure Julie Delpy, figuratively and otherwise. Since first becoming known to American audiences in the early '90s, she's revealed herself to be an artist of sundry and unexpected talents, with a distinctive voice and point of view.
  11. Delpy wrote the dialogue that gives the film its forward thrust, and "2 Days" is a wonderful first feature.
  12. The movie should be seen with a large, responsive audience--the better to live with it in the moment instead of worrying about where it’s going.
  13. 63
    The movie is just a situation salad, at least until the end, when things start to pull together a bit.
  14. Delpy's manic energy shoots through this meet-the-parents comedy like electroshock, resulting in a movie that is as acutely painful as it is acutely funny.
  15. 75
    The bickering lovers are generally likable, as are her quintessentially and hilariously Gallic parents (played by Delpy's real mom and dad).
  16. 50
    The movie doesn't offer enough to make it interesting or even diverting.
  17. 70
    Delpy's writing is sharply observed and often hilarious, and her own performance as the perennially enraged Marion -- whom she says was inspired by Robert De Niro's Jake LaMotta in "Raging Bull" -- is one of her most memorable.
  18. Perhaps the most promising thing in 2 Days in Paris is that Delpy shows that she can direct herself.
  19. Before the film flails, like a balloon losing air into a terrible finale, it has the audacity to lay siege to just about every xenophobic bias possible. No one -- or country -- is safe in this comedy and for that alone it's admirable.
  20. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    70
    2 Days in Paris doesn't quite meet the "Before Sunset" standard of intricate, subtle dialogue and sharp psychological insight--then again, neither do many movies this side of Eric Rohmer. That this one is even bearable is a surprise; that it's occasionally insightful and hilarious is a treat.
  21. 75
    For all the verbal jokery, it's more tragedy than farce.
  22. Although she lets her flair for creating funny, sharply written, quirky scenes consume her feature directorial debut, her use of family, friends and even an ex (Goldberg) in 2 Days In Paris, gives the film a wonderfully natural, comfy feel.
  23. Audacious as it is, the movie is also a little scary.
  24. 40
    Anyone hoping that 2 Days in Paris will revisit such peppy romance (“Annie Hall”), however, will be frustrated. There is an extra rawness here, a determination to confront and annoy.
  25. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    70
    This anti romantic and anti-comic -- it's not as funny as Delpy seems to think it is -- movie may appeal to the dark side of your immune system.
  26. 75
    Weighty and downbeat though that sounds, Delpy's film is delightfully light, especially when it's parsing the infinite variety of horrible French cabbies.
  27. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    Delpy is clearly a gifted writer, especially of comic dialogue. But she and Goldberg don't quite work as an engaging pair.
  28. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    70
    Delpy shows Linklater's influence in her willingness to let actors work and walk at length, and she has an unusually playful style for an actor turned filmmaker.
  29. There is enough "hit" material to make this fun. Delpy is such an infectiously appealing personality, she almost wills this movie to work.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 66 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 28
  2. Negative: 8 out of 28
  1. Dec 31, 2012
    8
    Most actors are afraid of repeating themselves in the fear of becoming a stereotype they might be unable to shake off. Deply however seemsMost actors are afraid of repeating themselves in the fear of becoming a stereotype they might be unable to shake off. Deply however seems unphased, having appeared in a number of these small budget films about a snapshot in the lives of a couple, showing us the romance, the humour and the troubles in equal measures. 2 days in Paris is one of her first attempts in directing and manages to emulate the essence of the Before Sunrise/Sunset films that are so dear to my heart. Full Review »
  2. Dec 28, 2011
    9
    Quirky, real and funny. Although it sometimes verges on being a little too out there the main story feels like a truthful representation ofQuirky, real and funny. Although it sometimes verges on being a little too out there the main story feels like a truthful representation of the highs and lows of two unique people in a relationship, whilst being completely hilarious. Julie Delpy and Adam Goldberg clearly have chemistry (they were together in real life before the film), taking the film from good to great, It'll be interesting to see how 2 days in New York turns out without Goldberg and Paris as a character of its own Full Review »
  3. Aug 17, 2010
    8
    Julie Delpy and Adam Goldberg are perfectly paired in this comedic take on a French-born photographer bringing her American boyfriend home toJulie Delpy and Adam Goldberg are perfectly paired in this comedic take on a French-born photographer bringing her American boyfriend home to meet the family in a move that pushes their relationship to the limits.

    The oft exaggerated cultural differences between French and American cultures spark some unique and genuinely funny laughs. Trips to the market, an overly liberal view of sex, overly friendly Frenchman, and opinionated taxi drivers all contribute to what Goldberg called "the most un-romantic trip to Paris ever."

    Perhaps the worst part of the movie was the final message, which appeared in only the last three minutes of the movie and basically asserts that at some point in life you will decide that you no longer have the energy for another break-up and that it would be altogether easier to simply settle down and stick it out. Call me crazy, but I would have expected a more romantic ending to a French movie.

    Nevertheless, the unique humor is genuinely funny and the interactions between the four main characters (Delpy, Goldberg and Delpy's parents) are a lot of fun to watch.
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