Look at Me


Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30

Critic Reviews

  1. A witty and acute examination of friendship, ambition and betrayal in the Parisian literary world.
  2. This audience-pleaser is smart and acerbic. Jaoui has an uncanny ear - as director, co-writer and part of the inspired ensemble cast - for human foibles, self-deception, celebrity worship and female body issues.
  3. Brilliant, blistering account of the many ways fame deforms a star, his family and his fans.
  4. 100
    A marvelous, uncommonly observant, and unexpectedly rousing group portrait.
  5. An engrossing new drama from France.
  6. 88
    This bonbon spiked with malice is a triumph for Jaoui, who takes witty and wounding measure of the small betrayals that leave bruises on us all.
  7. 88
    The thing about a movie like this is, the characters may be French, but they're more like people I know than they could ever be in the Hollywood remake.
  8. A witty and psychologically perceptive look at the Parisian literary scene.
  9. 88
    With a light, sometimes hilarious touch, Look at Me deflates the pretensions and self-obsessed nature of a group of wealthy Parisian literati, but its observations about the effects of fame and success and our natural desire to fan them as high as they can go, apply to anyone within range of reality-TV culture.
  10. In lesser hands, all this might border on misanthropy. But Jaoui's direction, plus the note-perfect cast, manage two redeeming feats:
  11. The multitalented Jaoui and Bacri excel on every level; her direction is efficient and unobtrusive, their script dissects the nuances of corruption by celebrity with a razor-sharp scalpel, and they deliver a pair of subtly unsparing performances.
  12. The wry filmmaker has created an urbane society of family and friends as ridiculously pretentious and hypocritical as they are cultured, accomplished, and posh.
  13. What makes Look at Me such a deeply satisfying experience is its ability to combine insightful character portraits like this with wickedly funny situations that slyly skewer all-too-human weaknesses.
  14. 80
    Directed by Agnès Jaoui, who made the equally delightful "The Taste of Others," this comedy of manners with a serious purpose centers on a group of loosely connected neurotics, all working in the rarefied worlds of amateur chorales.
  15. A movie of biting social observation. And it masterfully avoids Manichaean simplicity.
  16. 80
    A tender, indignant, but also very worldly movie.
  17. Little in a Jaoui film is particularly original, but it's all perfectly convincing.
  18. Jaoui directs with flow and affection, and she plays Sylvia sensitively. Bacri has the right middle-aged assortment of humors.
  19. The French title is Comme une image ("like an image"), but Tennessee Williams's phrase "the catastrophe of success" seems more appropriate.
  20. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    This is a bleak, unresolved film, with no release. What keeps it from being a mortal bummer is the music-exquisite sacred choral works, plus Mozart.
  21. While Jaoui's film is interesting to watch, it dawdles enough to lose its storytelling grip.
  22. 75
    Look at Me is on the talky side, but like Jaoui's directing debut, "The Taste of Others," it offers uniformly excellent performances and smart observations on social and family interactions.
  23. 75
    It is for a particular audience - those who like films that concentrate on character rather than plot, and who aren't put off by subtitles.
  24. 63
    Look at Me is a virtuoso exercise in domestic tension - with the emphasis on "exercise."
  25. Look at Me marks the character's shift from being the object of attention to the subject of her own dreams.
  26. While Look at Me at times falls into familiar plotting, it never offers false hope or false characters.
  27. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    Punchy dialogue, excellent thesping and a real feel for the universal tuning fork of great classical music make this a prime candidate for international arthouse play.
  28. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    The latest in a series of stiletto-sharp social comedies by the French filmmakers Jean-Pierre Bacri and Agnès Jaoui.
  29. 70
    The film satisfies in much the same way Allen's movie-a-year comedies used to satisfy.

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. RomyD.
    Jul 30, 2007
    Beautiful tough drama-comedy about the dictatorship of image and the difficulties to survive to your parents... Bacri and Jaoui besides being Beautiful tough drama-comedy about the dictatorship of image and the difficulties to survive to your parents... Bacri and Jaoui besides being fantastic actors proved once again to be able with their scripts to talk poignantly about the subtle violence and traumas we tend to hide in everyday life. Their mirrors are unconventionally funny but also deeply truthful. Full Review »