Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. 100
    Leconte brings his film to transcendent closure without relying on stale plot devices or the clanking of the plot. He resorts to a kind of poetry. After the film is over, you want to sigh with joy, that in this rude world such civilization is still possible.
  2. 100
    Man on the Train may be a modest film, but it offers privileged glimpses of transcendence.
  3. Goes from good to great in 90 minutes, and then it's over, except that it's really not, because this small masterwork grows even deeper and more affecting as it takes up permanent residence in your memory.
  4. 91
    In an unassuming way, the film sizzles -- a perfect embodiment, as it happens, of the marriage of the bad man and the man of letters.
  5. This moody, progressively enthralling little French psychodrama is very much it's own thing: a boldly conceived, impeccably crafted and wonderfully enigmatic two-character study that turns out to be a most powerful showcase for its two stars.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    90
    An elegantly polished little film.
  7. Piquant, thoroughly engaging character drama.
  8. What a good movie. Sometimes you get tired of 'splaining and you just want to say: Hey, this one's really very good. That's all, folks. It's a damn good movie.
  9. The essence of the film is that French gambit which Leconte has called "the magic of the unlikely encounter.
  10. Their calm assurance -- Hallyday as a grizzled icon, Rochefort as a melancholy mensch -- is a pleasure to behold.
  11. In the end, what the movie is about: time and life, and what we do with them, and what we regret that we didn't do.

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