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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 65
  2. Negative: 3 out of 65
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  1. T.M.
    Jul 14, 2005
    4
    A disappointing mess. Beautiful direction and cinematography, but no discernible story structure or characterization. As with "Amelie", I never felt the couple were truly in love. The subplot with Jodie Foster was far more interesting than the main plot.
  2. MarcK.
    Dec 24, 2004
    4
    First of all, how do supposedly seasoned critics (Chicago Tribune and the Wall Street Journal) compare this film to "Amelie"? Why, because it has the same director, star, and bit players? Gee, Paul Thomas Anderson made Boogie Nights and Magnolia with lots of the same cast...does anybody think those films are similar? The film is not at all like Amelie, which isn't necessarily a good First of all, how do supposedly seasoned critics (Chicago Tribune and the Wall Street Journal) compare this film to "Amelie"? Why, because it has the same director, star, and bit players? Gee, Paul Thomas Anderson made Boogie Nights and Magnolia with lots of the same cast...does anybody think those films are similar? The film is not at all like Amelie, which isn't necessarily a good thing or a bad thing. It is probably most similar to "Paths of Glory" and "Saving Private Ryan." I, however, found "A Very Long Engagement" to be a bit too difficult to follow, so that by the time the climax of the film occurs, I really didn't care very much. And I think I was supposed to. Expand
  3. Aug 27, 2010
    6
    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.
  4. EltonT
    Aug 17, 2005
    6
    A very long... movie... So much of the movie could have been cut out without detracting from it.
  5. PatS.
    Jul 11, 2005
    4
    Jeunet forgot to remember that in order to tell a love story, the viewer has to get the feeling that the protagonists are in fact in love. Overrated because it's french.
  6. TonyB.
    Jan 4, 2006
    6
    This is probably as effective an anti-war film as any since "Paths of Glory." However, it would have been an even better work of cinematic art if it had been shorter. Some scenes are repetitive and should have been eliminated; others would have been more effective if they were shorter.
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: Bernard Besserglik
    80
    Jeunet provides numerous pleasures, particularly visual, along the way.
  2. 88
    An emotional powerhouse.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    Can a movie have too much good stuff? Not when it's stuffed like this one.