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  • Summary: Francois is a middled-aged antique dealer. He has a stylish apartment and fabulous life, but at a dinner with a group he considers his dearest acquaintances, he is blindsided by the revelation that none of them actually likes him. He's arrogant, self-centered and harsh, and they don'tFrancois is a middled-aged antique dealer. He has a stylish apartment and fabulous life, but at a dinner with a group he considers his dearest acquaintances, he is blindsided by the revelation that none of them actually likes him. He's arrogant, self-centered and harsh, and they don't believe he knows the meaning of friendship. His business partner Catherine makes him a bet: if he can produce his best friend, she will let him keep the massive Greek vase he acquired that afternoon on the company tab. If not, it's hers. (IFC Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: James Wegg
    90
    More a celebration of movement and music than a parable for our over-communicative, friend-lite, acquaintance-rich society.
  2. My Best Friend, not surprisingly, is about what it means to have friends - and not to have them, to be alone. It's about connection, about trust and vulnerability. That Leconte's little film is a mild-mannered farce, makes the heartache funny, but really, this is serious stuff.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    75
    A droll, poignant comedy enlivened by two terrific performances.
  4. Too serious to be an out-and-out comedy, too funny not to be one, My Best Friend is a lot easier to enjoy than to classify.
  5. Patrice Leconte's new film, My Best Friend, is probably his lightest and sweetest to date. Fans of his serious historical dramas ("Ridicule") or raucous farces ("Les Bronzes") may be disappointed, but others should find it a reasonably enjoyable feel-good comedy.
  6. Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    63
    For all its silliness and negligibility--a finale involving the Parisian "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" is one of its sillier, more negligible elements--My Best Friend is an amusing reinvention of "The Odd Couple."
  7. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    30
    If sex, gangsters, and killing Nazis are three of the most enlivening topics in the movies, then let us count friendship as one of the most tiresome, right up there with grooming horses and sharing for sheer thrills.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. VALERIEW.
    Jul 19, 2007
    9
    Sweet and funny film about friendship. Only the French seem to be able to get a film like this right.
  2. JayW
    Jul 22, 2007
    7
    A nice diversion that takes an overly circuitous but usually amusing route to a predictable conclusion. Not as tidy as the better French A nice diversion that takes an overly circuitous but usually amusing route to a predictable conclusion. Not as tidy as the better French farces, but until American cinema comes up with something to match we'll settle for this! Expand
  3. MarcK.
    Jul 28, 2007
    7
    Let's not have parade or anything for this one, but it is sweet and entertaining. Barely rates a "7" in my book, but deserves it just the same.
  4. tj
    Aug 6, 2007
    3
    The acting is fine. It seems fine for a while, but ends up being about as bad as an American made for tv movie. Very poor screenplay.

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