Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
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  1. Reviewed by: Richard Nilsen
    Sep 22, 2011
    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
    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
    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
    The film isn't about the actor's intelligence. It's about his emotional radiance.
  5. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Sep 16, 2011
    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
    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
    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
    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.
User Score

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
    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 atGermain (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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