Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Mar 12, 2014
    100
    They are two intelligent, sophisticated people searching for the spicy condiment they need to keep their relationship fresh during a bittersweet weekend in Paris, and, like the film that frames them, they are smart, substantial and enchanting.
  2. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Sep 25, 2013
    91
    Michell’s handling of the relationship between the two is touching in how little judgment he passes.
  3. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Mar 27, 2014
    88
    In the capable hands of these fine filmmakers and actors, even its most bitter observations about life and aging are nearly always reliably balanced by moments of warmth, understanding and out-and-out screwball humor.
  4. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Mar 14, 2014
    88
    When Michell is on his game, as he definitely is with Le Week-End, he unearths small, invaluable and even profound truths about the human condition that are often as inspiring as they are devastating.
  5. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Mar 12, 2014
    88
    Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan are superb as the couple, who use the occasion to drop bombs on each other.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Mar 16, 2014
    8
    “Le Week End” is a charming, warm and deeper than it purports to be film written by Hanef Kureishi with directorial credits going to Roger Michell. The film stars Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and, in the latter half, Jeff Goldblum. Although ostensibly the story of a British married couple of 30 years celebrating their anniversary in Paris, it is much more than that. Its British umbrella goes beyond that country’s culture to cause any long married couple of any nationality to easily identify with the problems they face as they try to recapture or maybe even create the relationship they each want with the other. Ms. Duncan and Mr. Broadbent dominate the screen as they share their innermost feelings and disappointments in a movie that seems to capture the essence of the “Best Marigold Hotel” film and a tamer and warmer “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf”.Mr. Kureisi’s dialogue is meaningful and profound as the two principal characters encounter the ups and downs of marital life and the burdens and benefits it offers. I give the film an 8 and suggest that the City of Paris be given an honorable mention in the credits for it certainly plays a meaningful role in the lives of this engaging and complicated couple. Full Review »
  2. Lyn
    Jul 20, 2014
    8
    This is "Before Midnight" for the retirement-age set. Unlike the couple in that other film, Nick and Meg don't shriek incessantly at each other about all the things they've been pissed off about for 8 or 10 years. Rather (because they're older? More rational? English?) they pick at some well-worn weaknesses as they also mull over their marriage and their respective lots in life. And as they companionably gad about In Paris, which of course makes it more entertaining. This is the kind of role Jim Broadbent so often plays to perfection, and Lindsay Duncan also is great as an older woman trying to maintain her edge. Jeff Goldblum adds some fizz as a guy who seems like an older version of the funny/annoying dork he played in "The Big Chill." I like the way this film portrays late-in-life complexities ... bleak at times, funny at times: thought-provoking. Full Review »
  3. Apr 20, 2014
    8
    This is a film about an aging married couple whose trip to Paris is designed to spark a declining relationship. It will disappoint those who expect a geriatric romantic comedy, but it is intelligent and superbly acted. Lindsay Duncan, long a fine stage actress, makes a stellar switch to film. And Paris looks lovely. If you have patience with people who vacation in Paris and who still ask"Is this all there is?" you may like the film a lot. Full Review »