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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. 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.
  3. The essence of the film is that French gambit which Leconte has called "the magic of the unlikely encounter.
  4. Taps into the same emotional current that sustains the entire "buddy picture" genre, but does so with feeling and unmistakable insight.
  5. The movie -- simple, pure and powerful -- makes us feel the intensity of both life in transit and life lived, if only for a moment, in another's skin.
  6. As in many a French movie, especially crime movie, the philosophe and the crook turn out to be each other’s mirror image.
  7. 30
    Collapses in a heap of affirmational outbursts and metaphysical goop. The fond chemistry between the leads deserves a better movie.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4

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