Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

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  1. An inspirational film for cinephiles everywhere.
  2. 88
    Includes insightful and often hilarious archival interviews with Langlois and dozens of associates, as well as wonderful footage of Langlois.
  3. 75
    A sound piece of profiling that has miles of archival footage of the affable, pop-eyed Langlois enthusing.
  4. While the astonishing street footage of "l'affaire Langlois"--perhaps more familiar to the French than to us--is where this exhaustive talking-heads portrait becomes beautifully, bafflingly surreal, the whole project, however conventional, has the allure of a communal embrace, a home movie of a motherland left irrevocably in the past.
  5. Mr. Richard's film makes a persuasive case for Langlois as one of the most important figures in the history of film and therefore in the history of 20th-century art.
  6. Jacques Richard has fashioned an adoring tribute to this wonderfully maniacal man.
  7. 70
    Though Phantom Of The Cinematheque is fascinating throughout, Richard squanders a chance to recreate one of those long Parisian nights where Langlois held court for his fellow movie buffs.
  8. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    At a little over two hours, there's a lot of Langlois to digest. But cinephiles won't mind a bit: Richard includes tons of great anecdotes and clips from classic films that wouldn't exist if Langlois hadn't saved them.
  9. A treat for anyone who's passionate about films or who's ever wanted to learn more about them.
  10. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A labor of love made over the course of seven years that crucially matches the energy and passion Langlois himself embodied, this deep-dish account of the life and times of the longtime head of the Cinematheque Francaise will enthrall buffs.
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  1. jeannen.
    Dec 25, 2005
    Superb, compelling. Answered so many questions for me and revealed to me the intensity of the french love for film.