Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. It's a magical film which manages to transport and rivet us in the same highly-imaginitive, breezily playful way "Amelie" did.
  2. Hauntingly tells a story older than the Odyssey and as timely as today's body count from Iraq.
  3. 100
    Unfolds amid the mechanized carnage of World War I. Yet everything in it is personal. That's why it's a masterpiece.
  4. Rapturously beautiful, startlingly audacious and often very funny, the film employs many of the techniques that were used so pleasingly in "Amélie."
  5. This is a movie that considers graphic violence with a refined taste for the sensuous: Guts spill, blood spurts, corpses stink, but there is a handsome, absurdist humanity to the way Jeunet (who wrote the script with Guillaume Laurant) maps out the crossroads of human carnage and human caring.
  6. 91
    A unique and masterful film, filled with surprises and felicities and moments of transporting visual power.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Ferraro
    The film is near perfect in its attempt to properly mix the irrationality of war in with an interesting love story.
  8. 90
    The holiday season's best movie so far.
  9. When this long movie is over, all you want to do is clap and weep and watch it all over again immediately.
  10. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Can a movie have too much good stuff? Not when it's stuffed like this one.
  11. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    Told with a blend of visual mastery and emotional intimacy, ambitious venture sustains a special melding of romance and pragmatism that should engage discerning audiences.
  12. In its insistence on the centrality of the war to the collective consciousness of mankind, it's of a piece with "The English Patient," rather than "Saving Private Ryan."
  13. 88
    An emotional powerhouse.
  14. 88
    Jeunet brings everything together -- his joyously poetic style, the lovable Tautou, a good story worth the telling -- into a film that is a series of pleasures stumbling over one another in their haste to delight us.
  15. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    A long movie that almost wears out its 21/4-hour welcome, yet it's full of surprises.
  16. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Flattens you with concussive detail and the awfulness of war; it plays like "Saving Private Ryan" as remade by a Continental mathematician flipping out on Ecstasy.
  17. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    An epic treatment of epic themes that doesn't soft-soap its audience, but at the same time provides a terrifically satisfying entertainment.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 64 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Jun 30, 2013
    "Un long dimanche de fiançailles" has charm, gentleness and delicacy. Audrey Tautou has a epic role as Mathile, a young girl who knows her fiancĂ© is alive. Jean-Pierre Jeunet's last good film. Totally recommended! Full Review »
  2. Aug 27, 2010
    The complement of Jeunet's visual style with Tautou's quirky acting will pretty much always give an enchanting product, but in "A Very Long Engagement," the story itself is much too clunky and aloof to stay focused on. Full Review »
  3. BertiP.
    Oct 30, 2006
    A compelling film, wonderfully created, showing French cinema at its very best. It seems that some of the "American rewiews" have not understood this productions depth and style. Full Review »