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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
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  1. MarileeB.
    Jul 16, 2003
    9
    As Stephen Hunter said in his Washington Post review, sometimes it's enough to say, "This was just a really good film". I loved the characters/actors, I loved the transformations and just everything about the story. So what that it was affirming? That's a good thing once inawhile, as life is not always hellish, though some critics seem to think all movies should be. ???
  2. DeborahR.
    Aug 7, 2003
    9
    Still thinking about it a day later ... slowed down in only a couple of short places... and the score .. perfect.
  3. BobE.
    May 24, 2003
    10
    This film is excellent. The characters' counterpoint, friendship, and looming confrontation with death touched the viewers' hearts and left a them a bit wiser in the meaning of life.
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. 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.
  2. As a filmmaker, he (Leconte) doesn't have anything profound to say but does say his something with craft, visual flair and professionalism. Depending on your mood, that can be either too little or just enough.
  3. Unobtrusively satisfying.