Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Nilsen
    Sep 22, 2011
    80
    The film is leisurely paced, as many French films are, and not much actually happens, but as a character study, it feels true, and ultimately moving.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Oct 14, 2011
    75
    The larger-than-life actor is as emblematic of his country as Tom Hanks is of ours, and My Afternoons With Margueritte is his "Forrest Gump." Only better.
  3. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Sep 22, 2011
    75
    Casadesus infuses Margueritte with a lilting quality, underscored by the sadness of someone who knows she is the last person standing and inhabits an alien world.
  4. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Sep 22, 2011
    75
    The film isn't about the actor's intelligence. It's about his emotional radiance.
  5. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Sep 16, 2011
    75
    Depardieu's days as a leading man might be over, but he has a bright future in quirky roles like Germain.
  6. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Sep 15, 2011
    70
    The film is a reminder of the pleasure to be found in simple things - reading a book, sitting on a park bench with a friend, spending an afternoon with Margueritte.
  7. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Sep 15, 2011
    70
    An appealing coming-of-middle-age comedy, My Afternoons With Margueritte exhibits a pleasantly light touch even when dealing with some fairly weighty issues.
  8. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Jun 12, 2011
    70
    French feel-good filmmaking to the max. Yet a heaping pile of cliches doesn't prevent this touchingly simplistic tale -- from exuding a strong and universal emotional appeal.
  9. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Sep 16, 2011
    60
    If you could also use some time off, try his gentle new comedy.
  10. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Sep 13, 2011
    60
    While the screenplay, adapted from a novel by Marie-Sabine Roger, grows more clumsily trite as the film proceeds, the two leads are always enjoyable together.
  11. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    Jun 12, 2011
    60
    Charming slice of small-town France.
  12. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Sep 22, 2011
    50
    The only thing that could make this movie more French would be a guillotine.
  13. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Sep 15, 2011
    50
    The fine-boned, delicate-looking Ms. Casadesus, now 97, is a pleasure to watch. And the not-delicate-looking Mr. Depardieu does his usual excellent job. But their scenes together, if sweet enough, aren't particularly convincing or moving.
  14. Reviewed by: Bill Weber
    Sep 13, 2011
    50
    Germain's bonhomie with the bistro regulars has the feel of a TV comedy pilot, which is more than can be said of the monologues he speaks to his cat, one on the inadequacies of the dictionary.
  15. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Sep 13, 2011
    40
    That so many of the colossal yokel's mental states are literalized, as when the screen fills with thousands of rats while Margueritte reads Camus's "The Plague" aloud to her new pal, typifies the movie's antipathy to nuance.
  16. Reviewed by: Adam Bernstein
    Sep 23, 2011
    25
    It is a predictable, undernourished love story. We never quite learn why Margueritte feels so close to Germain or why he bothers with her. Characters appear and disappear, without much difference.
User Score
4.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 7, 2011
    8
    Germain (Gerard Depardieu) is not illiterate. He knows how to read and write, but he really prefers not to. For one, he is not very good at reading, he goes slowly and he uses his finger to follow the lines across the page. However, his comprehension is pretty good, especially when someone reads aloud to him. He imagines the scene in his mind and if the reader is describing rats in the street he can see those rats squirming around in enough detail that it makes him uncomfortable. Not being a big fan of reading and not being known as any sort of intellectual at his local bar is just fine by Germain. He is a town handyman, a very capable gardener, appreciates his girlfriend, and is not depressed about his station in life.

    His station isnâ
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