Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21

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Critic Reviews

  1. The movie is kind of a mess – all over the place tonally, hastily paced, and overly reliant on the ostensible truisms of romantic comedy.
  2. 50
    Gainsbourg has some cute scenes with Johnny Depp, a debonair stranger she meets in a Virgin Megastore, but otherwise this is a fairly banal installment in the battle of the sexes.
  3. 50
    There's nothing much wrong with the film; my complaint is that there's nothing much right about it.
  4. 40
    This look at the assorted struggles of modern hetero coupledom gives off a distinctly moldy aroma.
  5. 50
    This is an affair to forget.
  6. 50
    On the whole, the film is a shallow, shrill, and all-too-familiar marital roundelay.
  7. Attal's characters are one-note position statements, which forces the unsubtle soundtrack - mostly American pop songs that range from the Velvet Underground's "Sunday Morning" to Radiohead's "Creep" - to bear the brunt of clarifying their thoughts and feelings. Without it, you'd be entirely in the dark.
  8. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    40
    Repetitive and needlessly prolonged tale does build to an inspired final scene, but it's too little, too late.
  9. 60
    Manages to be a diverting and funny character study, at least most of the time.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. jdoc
    May 12, 2006
    9
    Far more serious than its surface suggests. Great acting, esp. from Gainsbourg.
  2. JD
    Aug 22, 2005
    8
    As my own marraige flatlines, I found a challenge in this movie from characters who are willing - too willing, for the most part - to make As my own marraige flatlines, I found a challenge in this movie from characters who are willing - too willing, for the most part - to make literal and figurative messes in their lives. Passion can seem to be at odds with compassion, as in the married adulterer who is hurting two women at the same time, but the movie may be saying that they can only co-exist - without both, you end up with indifference. The sexy elevator rides that begin and end the movie clearly symbolize our erotic conundrums - the ride to the heights is always followed by the return trip down to the doldrums. Choose - a marriage of boring mutual tolerance and total acceptance versus the more challenging marital mess of the couples in this film. Full Review »