Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Anthology films usually work better in theory than execution, but this feature parade of shorts is a blithe, worldly, and enchanting exception.
  2. Even if you don't like the stories, the filmmakers seem incapable of finding a corner of Paris that is not photogenic.
  3. The masterpiece of the bunch is the last, wonderful piece by Alexander Payne ("14eme Arrondissement").
  4. The best episodes have the emotional resonance of full-length features, and yet I didn't want them to be a moment longer than they are.
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Morrison
    80
    Love is here in all of its many guises, brought together with a touch of subtitled sophistication.
  6. Eighteen short films by an international who's-who of filmmakers make up this omnibus celebrating the joys and sorrows of love and Paris, organized by neighborhood.
  7. 75
    One of the chief pleasures of Paris, Je T'aime -- is seeing how each filmmaker adheres to their assignment of making a movie about love in Paris but still comes up with a distinctly personal work that bears their artistic sensibilities.
  8. Bittersweet, funny, sad and invariably romantic.
  9. The result is that after two hours one gets the sense of having seen a panorama of human experience, of having witnessed a moment of time in all its true fullness.
  10. 75
    As is always the case with compilation films, some segments are far better than others. But they're all so brief that the least of them passes quickly and the best are small miracles of economical storytelling.
  11. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    The stories run a gamut of emotions: melancholy, bittersweet, provocative, witty, poignant, silly and fanciful.
  12. Paris Je T'Aime has something going for it that not every movie can claim: It always has Paris.
  13. 70
    Paris, je t'aime builds into something quite wonderful.
  14. 67
    Because Paris, Je T'Aime's episodes are so short, the duds don't stick around long enough to grate much. But the good ones also don't get to explore their assigned Parisian spaces as much as they could.
  15. It is possible to bring substance, as well as poetry, to the vignette form, but more often Paris, Je T'Aime is merely mundane.
  16. 63
    As an ad for the city's charms, Paris couldn't have asked for a more sweetly jaundiced love letter.
  17. I love the City of Light as much as any starry-eyed provincial, but Paris, je t'aime tries even my considerable patience.
  18. Being in Paris is to be inside a work of art, and it is no surprise that in the charming collection of vignettes that make up Paris je t'aime, the art is love.
  19. A cinematic tasting menu consisting entirely of amuse-bouches. After two hours of such tidbits the palate is sated. But if there is no need for a main course, you still leave feeling vaguely disappointed at not being served one.
  20. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    60
    Even when one of the pieces stutters, stammers or just lies deathly still, we are consoled by our knowledge that it will not trifle with us for very long. And by the fact that there is an excellent likelihood that it will soon be replaced by something more engaging.
  21. The real pleasure is in having a film that is like a box of assorted chocolates: you have the power to approve or not as you move through the variety, even though the bits are picked for you.
  22. 50
    Too many cooks spoil the broth, and too many directors spoil the anthology film Paris Je T'aime.
  23. 50
    The concept here holds more promise than the execution.
  24. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    50
    Paris, Je T'aime's brimming declaration of love to the City of Lights leaves one breathless but dissatisfied.
  25. Reviewed by: l
    50
    Uneven but quite pleasant as a two-hour experience that acknowledges the idealized Paris people carry in their heads while wisely veering off the beaten track.
  26. Most features composed of sketches by different filmmakers are wildly uneven. This one is consistently mediocre or slightly better, albeit pleasant and watchable. It helps that none of the episodes runs longer than five or six minutes.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Aug 17, 2010
    10
    Paris je t'aime is truly a breath of fresh air. Many modern American movies are thick with plot, drama and action just for sake of having a discernible 'wow' factor, but Paris je t'aime is a clever little movie that is really just a combination of short love stories that take place within Paris--ranging anywhere from divorce, to monster love, to love of a child.

    It was great to go to a movie and not have to invest so much of myself to it. The stories are so diverse that you really get to experience a wide variety of lives and situations, a few of which are bound to touch you in some way.
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  2. Nov 1, 2012
    7
    There isn't one vignette that deserves more than a seven (many of them deserve less), but "Paris Je T'aime" none the less is frothy fun to be had which lets us observe the City of Lights with a certain beauty you don't see too often in French films. Featuring wonderful American (and English) actors, like Natalie Portman, Willem Dafoe, Emily Mortimer, etc., French actors Fanny Ardant, Ludivine Sagnier, Juliette Binoche, etc., and a bevy of fine directors like the Coen Brothers, Wes Craven, Tom Twyker, etc., "Paris Je T'aime" is always interesting because you never know what to expect. Full Review »