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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 39
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  1. Rapturously beautiful, startlingly audacious and often very funny, the film employs many of the techniques that were used so pleasingly in "Amélie."
  2. 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.
  3. 90
    The holiday season's best movie so far.
  4. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    The downside to all this stylishness: that A Very Long Engagement is Amélie Goes to War.
  5. There are many ways to say that war is hell, but few filmmakers have said it with as much imagination, humor, intrigue and humanity as Jean-Pierre Jeunet in A Very Long Engagement.
  6. A Very Long Engagement is "Cold Mountain" with French people.
  7. The elements are all here for something spectacular – and in brilliant bursts, Jeunet really gets it – but in the end, all that potential is sunk by a terminally confused tone and milquetoast pairing of lovers. Pity that.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. BertiP.
    Oct 30, 2006
    10
    A compelling film, wonderfully created, showing French cinema at its very best. It seems that some of the "American rewiews" have not 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. Collapse
  2. Jun 30, 2013
    8
    "Un long dimanche de fiançailles" has charm, gentleness and delicacy. Audrey Tautou has a epic role as Mathile, a young girl who knows her"Un long dimanche de fiançailles" has charm, gentleness and delicacy. Audrey Tautou has a epic role as Mathile, a young girl who knows her fiancé is alive. Jean-Pierre Jeunet's last good film. Totally recommended! Expand
  3. 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 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. Expand
  4. 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 LongThe 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. Expand

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