Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Dec 12, 2010
    Damien Chazelle's extraordinary black-and-white retro dream of a feature debut.
  2. Reviewed by: J. Hoberman
    Dec 12, 2010
    Guy and Madeline is at once self-conscious and breezy, clumsy and deft, diffident and sweet, annoying and ecstatic. It's amateurish in the best sense, and it radiates cinephilia. No movie I've seen this year has given me more joy.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Dec 12, 2010
    Visually distinctive and aurally delightful, "Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench" has style to burn. A soulful black-and-white commentary on love, art and their competing demands, this Boston-based musical from Damien Chazelle floats on a wave of spontaneity and charm.
  4. 88
    Guy and Madeline is a decidedly modern film, whose frightened, impulsive, charming characters could walk into our lives tomorrow.
  5. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Dec 12, 2010
    If John Cassavetes had directed a jazz musical by Jacques Demy, it might have looked something like this.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Jan 13, 2014
    Really sweet and moving. The people in it felt like real people. The music is lovely. It's a different kind of movie, you need an open mind, but it's one of my fave indies of recent years Full Review »
  2. Nov 10, 2010
    This film does not display the level of thought, planning, and meaningful execution that it rather painfully reaches for. Having seen films that create very successful raw and realistic depictions of human relationships, this film's blatant, aching attemps render as weak , forced and misguided. The whole film reads as a premature stride towards a 'genius' work, and in falling short the film seems wobbly and underthought. The 'artistic' elements are tacked onto to an unstable, meandering, and inconclusive plot. The seemingly unnecessary black-and-white filming, shots taken from behind blurry heads and laughably awkward song-and-dance numbers add to a cringe-factor that had the audience giggling anxiously rather than in enjoyment. Truly can't understand the high ratings, especially from sources I usually trust. Full Review »