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  • Summary: This film centers around Jessica (de France), a beautiful young woman from the provinces who comes to Paris and lands a job waiting tables at a chic bistro on famed Avenue Montaigne, the city's nexus for art, music, theater and fashion. (ThinkFilm)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. 83
    While this sort of thing can easily devolve into bourgeois comfort food, Thompson, a veteran of the genre, knows how to serve it up just about right.
  2. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    75
    All of the actors are on point (Dupontel and Morante are particularly good), the individual story arcs are involving, if not exactly complex, and Thompson keeps the proceedings moving along at a comfortable clip.
  3. That the film succeeds as well as it does despite a series of coincidences that strain credibility is a credit to a fine cast and a joie de vivre that pervades even the most implausible moments.
  4. Avenue Montaigne transforms an overwhelming metropolis into a user-friendly village with quirkily appealing characters.
  5. Avenue Montaigne may not be a centimeter deeper than it needs to be, but you also won't be feeling that your pocket was picked when it's over.
  6. For Yank color in her soap-bubbly movie, director Daniele Thompson has her pal Sydney Pollack appear as...a famous director.
  7. 38
    A lightweight French comedy worth watching only for Cecile de France. The gamine actress - decked out in short reddish hair, black tights and a thigh-high mini - is charming as Jessica.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. HeatherP.
    Mar 4, 2007
    10
    Endearing, intelligent, beautiful, Joyful, and the soundtract is superb
  2. DougF.
    Jul 20, 2007
    9
    A warm, enjoyable film - not being a film critic I'm not jaded and so loved it - youth, optimism, and open-heartedness cross paths with age, experience, and benevolence, and who wouldn't like to see them come together in mutual appreciation? The worst thing that happens is the heroine gets caught in the rain - the best things are the mutual reinforcemnt by the characters in each other's continued joie de vivre -- the US attempts at random-coincidence encounter movies seem to be straining for high-voltage ironic/Zen significance (Magnolia, Crash) or schtick and schmalz. But this film - ah, it was the best cinema experience I've had in several years, and it makes me want to brush up on my high-school French and emigrate to la belle France. I recommend it, subtitles and all. Expand
  3. MargeB.
    Feb 25, 2007
    9
    Charming, well-made film with excellent acting. It transported us to Paris for an afternoon from wintry NY and left us with a glow.
  4. BruceC.
    Jul 29, 2007
    9
    Unmistakably French but delightfully full of surprises this unpretentious piece set in the most stylish part of Paris covers a range of people and their personal struggles. Fine acting performances superb photography and music and tasteful moments of pathos balanced with warmth. Ultimately an uplifting and enjoyable experience thanks to some imaginative writing and direction by Daniele Thompson. Expand
  5. MaryB.
    May 20, 2007
    8
    My friend and I figured that this would be more of a travelogue on Paris. We were wrong! It was a funny, wise and very enjoyable movie. Viva la France! Expand
  6. OlegM.
    Feb 19, 2007
    4
    The only good thing about this so called movie was that I was watching it with my french-speaking girlfriend. Guys: avoid this tepid attempt at comedy/romance. It is not visual, it is not funny, you will not find anyone to emphasize with, and the fact that both sun and father shared a lover is only irritating as it adds nothing to the story. What a bummer. Expand
  7. Enrique
    May 16, 2007
    3
    A less than mediocre 'feel-good' French export. Thompson--its writer director also responsible for "Jet Lag"-should make TV commercials instead. C. De France is not only a bad actress: she is absolutely intolerable. Expand

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