Cote d'Azur


Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19

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  1. This is a sophisticated adult treat in the French manner with an attractive and gifted cast and is essentially serious, yet often whimsical and always compassionate.
  2. The performances are mediocre. The heart is big. The weather is swell.
  3. 70
    A finely balanced piece of comedic machinery.
  4. A romper that doesn't shy away from sexual frankness or Mediterranean laissez faire.
  5. You know this movie is French (apart from the subtitles), because everyone looks great, gets naked and later breaks into a peppy musical number about the joys of lobster and shellfish.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    A broad, bawdy, silly French farce set on the Riviera in high season, it's a diversion at best and a strained souffle at worst, but it rings enough Gallic changes on the old family-summer-gone-horribly-wrong genre to deliver some unexpectedly sharp laughs.
  7. A mild and merry romp about family, friends and sexual identity.
  8. Well acted by an unusually likable cast.
  9. 50
    In the end, all these sexual shenanigans just provide an excuse to play some seductive music and drink in some seaside scenery. Ah, Europe.
  10. 50
    In Ducastel's and Martineau's hands all the unpleasantness blows away like a kiss on a soft summer breeze, a light wind that nevertheless leaves a vaguely unpleasant scent in its wake.
  11. At every turn Cote d'Azur settles for tidy, tinny resolutions to seismic family crises--yet, with a message of tolerance and its heart on its sleeve, the film is certainly tolerable in a summer rental-by-the-sea sort of way.
  12. 50
    Real-life partners Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau wrote and directed this frothy sex farce, incorporating musical numbers that recall Jacques Demy; the results are middling, but the actors' verve compensates for the clumsy choreography and lackadaisical camerawork.
  13. 50
    As far as titles go, Cote d'Azur doesn't quite cut it for this topsy-turvy French comedy, in which an innocent seaside vacation gets really messy once a family full of busybodies starts poking around in one another's business.
  14. 40
    Bruni-Tedeschi is her usual radiantly libidinal presence, but channeling Bette Midler doesn't become her, and even she can't redeem all the redundant vaudeville carry-on.
  15. Unfortunately, the screenplay contains little real wit, with the result that the various plot machinations have a strained quality that tends to reduce the proceedings of their intended giddiness. On the other hand, the performers are attractive; there's plenty of nudity; the setting is scenic, and the musical numbers -- well, they're pretty bad.
  16. 40
    Its ultimate message is as French as they come: The family that lays together, stays together. What the hell, it's more fun than a riot.
  17. Neither funny nor sexy, nor leavened by the wistful laissez-faire wisdom of the typical sophisticated Gallic comedy, it is less than a trifle.
  18. 25
    It's hard to make a dull movie with copious nudity and all kinds of sex (straight, bi and gay), although French filmmakers Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau manage to do so in Cote d'Azur.
  19. Has no truth, wisdom or honesty, and it's barely entertaining.
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  1. MarkC.
    Jul 30, 2006
    made me laugh great scenary sexy cast and was fun. Maybe because i'm european i got the humor.
  2. FranciscaC.
    Jul 7, 2006
    I gave this 10 because I really did enjoy it. Guess I must have tuned into the soft and suble essence of the movie, the joyful ending. Glad I I gave this 10 because I really did enjoy it. Guess I must have tuned into the soft and suble essence of the movie, the joyful ending. Glad I was able to, unlike most critics who panned it. Full Review »