Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. Movie-style romance may never look quite the same. Neither will flower petals.
  2. This is an acerbic examination of erotic obsession, told from different perspectives, with wit, suspense and cold-blooded detachment.
  3. 100
    It's difficult to overstate how much of a rare find this movie is. Colombani and her cast remind us that the best thrillers are built upon superb writing and strong acting.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    This genre-busting movie has the appearance of a love story but morphs into a thriller, told cleverly in a nonlinear style. Think "Sliding Doors" crossed with "The Sixth Sense," with a little "Memento" thrown in.
  5. 80
    Mercifully there's more Hitchcock than Lacan in this slickly enjoyable little number, which cannily plays off the ingénue image of "Amélie's" Audrey Tautou.
  6. An impressively assured and confident first film and has been made with such attention to detail and mood that it's possible to regret not paying closer attention to its cleverly deceptive first part. It is ultimately unsettling in the utmost, its creepiness leavened by only the slightest touch of pitch-dark humor.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Colombani has created uncommonly arresting entertainment.
  8. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    Turns on an intellectual gimmick in the vein of "Memento," weaving down sinister byways, the better to click with satisfying symmetry.
  9. May not change the world, but it's deeply creepy and richly satisfying.
  10. 78
    Poses a problem for reviewers. The entire story hinges on a plot device that occurs roughly midway through the film and alters everything that has come before. To give away this massive, unavoidable spoiler would be disastrous and unforgivable.
  11. Perhaps not since Truffaut's "The Story of Adele H" has thwarted love been rendered so compassionately on the screen, its psychology laid bare.
  12. The fact that it's difficult to believe someone who looks as dewy as Tautou would be so dangerous is much of the game.
  13. 67
    The film holds charms for everyone but in a very unusual way: If some audience members feel cheated at the halfway mark, others will feel that the film is finally getting started. Nifty!
  14. Though I wouldn't call He Loves Me a total success, it's smart, intriguing and quite ambitious, a first film by a talented young filmmaker that displays superstar Tautou's gifts in an eerie new light.
  15. An interesting choice for a Valentine's Day outing, He Loves Me is a weird, bubbly cocktail -- effervescent charm and troubling pathology, shaken together.
  16. 60
    Not half as clever as its setup leads you to think it might be: It's all buildup and no payoff, the kind of romantic thriller in which if just one sensible character called the police at the moment as any normal human being would -- well, then, you wouldn't have a movie.
  17. 60
    It's clever enough, but it's mostly a contrivance to hide the fact that there's nothing interesting about the story itself.
  18. 50
    While the story starts tying up its loose ends nicely, as the end approaches, the film turns flat. It's a disappointment.
  19. Standing on its own, it's comme ci, comme ça, self-serious when it should be adventurous, coy when it should be revelatory. One must afford it props, though, for its proud celebration of insanity. Now that is truly creepy.
  20. 40
    The trouble with director and co-writer Laetitia Colombani's debut feature is that the story isn't really interesting enough to be told twice, let alone dragged out another 20 minutes after that.
  21. Like "The Sixth Sense," He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not reaches for a crowning final twist, but in this case it falls flat.
  22. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Settles for the cliches of American suspense films, right down to an ending that leaves the door open to a possible sequel.
  23. 30
    Baggy and overbroad, He Loves Me is notable only as a corrective to cinema's promiscuity with fabulous destinies.
  24. Reviewed by: Megan Lehmann
    It's a sugar cube laced with arsenic, a nasty little film whose mean-spiritedness is surpassed only by its mediocrity.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. AmyV.
    Sep 3, 2005
    Great film.