Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. A steady undertow of sex gives this French thriller a scintillating surface.
  2. 100
    A witty, frightening, well-acted picture with near-perfect cinematic timing.
  3. A suspenseful and delightfully creepy French drama.
  4. Moll, in only his second feature, evokes a sense of foreboding, playing the routine against the unnerving, the humorous against the sinister, with a wit and deftness that might have impressed Hitchcock.
  5. 90
    A strange and funny film, smart, complex and difficult to shake.
  6. 90
    A deliciously mordant French spine-tingler.
  7. 88
    The actors and writing lend unexpected dimension to all of the characters, and Lopez's Harry is an indelible antagonist, one who manages to be genuinely big-hearted and evil.
  8. Moll clearly has looked to Hitchcock and Clouzot for inspiration. There are sexual undercurrents between characters, psychological quirks and a murky veneer like the surface of the pool in "Diabolique."
  9. From Harry's perspective, it's a grotesque life, a dead end for his new protege Michel, but Moll also shows the sensitivity beneath the sniping and that's where With a Friend Like Harry ... really scores
  10. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    80
    Rises instantly above its genre merely by taking the time to develop its characters and scenario.
  11. 80
    Moll ratchets his suspense with impressive mastery, wringing a maximum of excruciating terror out of the humblest everyday materials.
  12. 80
    An insistent, insinuating film -- both in terms of its plot and characters, and in its impact on the viewer -- Harry's effects are small-scale but so perfectly pitched that they never seem small.
  13. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    80
    This criminal comedy remains deliciously deadpan about the wages of psychopathy.
  14. Very, very funny, in that morbid sort of way that makes you laugh even as you shudder with horror.
  15. 80
    This is a highly original film blessed with fetching complications all its own and some hair-raising turns of plot.
  16. Appropriately belongs to Lopez. His mannequin glaze and never-wavering smile provide more creepy-crawlies than a thousand quivering violins or perfectly timed thunderclaps.
  17. 75
    We realize that the most frightening outcome of the movie would be if it contained no surprises, no revelations, no quirky twist at the end.
  18. A startling, suspenseful ride few will forget in a hurry.
  19. Often darkly funny and very well acted, it's a pleasingly subtle, Hitchockian thriller with dark comic overtones.
  20. The film is a small and polished gem that proves that with a friend like Harry, nobody needs an enemy.
  21. Reviewed by: Andy Seiler
    75
    Director Dominik Moll knows how to make a gruesome-free thriller and even manages some dark laughs as he turns the screws.
  22. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    A sleek little poison pill of a movie.
  23. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Fans of the genre are in for a wickedly entertaining treat.
  24. I did enjoy the movie's mercurial moods -- anxiety, terror, whimsical horror -- and I welcomed its confirmation that the work of the devil includes SUVs.
  25. 63
    Critically lacks Highsmith's sixth sense for drawing you into the heart and soul of sociopaths, then jolting you with the realization that things are much worse even than they seem.
  26. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    60
    Almost too clever for its own good.
  27. 50
    Moll's style is low-key and straightforward.
  28. As murderous amusements go, the film is mildly diverting, but it's like a faint facsimile of a Claude Chabrol film.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. JeanP.
    Aug 9, 2009
    8
    Fanatic perfectionist, control freak; oh for sure this time bomb had several "blow moments"; flavorful taste of hitchcock, king, steiger, Fanatic perfectionist, control freak; oh for sure this time bomb had several "blow moments"; flavorful taste of hitchcock, king, steiger, argento with a sprinkle of columbo-monk; his every moment was an unyielding descent into complte madness. Full Review »