Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. Klapisch's masterstroke was to place at the center of a movie a man, forced by circumstances, to stop and simply observe.
  2. 90
    Paris is a funny, sad, romantic and deeply felt love letter to a great city. If you can't book a trip now, it's the next best thing.
  3. 88
    Every character has life and depth. It's unusual for an episodic film to involve us so well in individual lives; as the narrative circles through their stories, we're genuinely curious about what will happen next.
  4. This is a kaleidoscopic valentine to a great city from a director who knows and loves his subject.
  5. Has a mature tapestry of characters, a welcome sense of humor and, most crucially, a lovely Juliette Binoche.
  6. The new film Paris by writer-director Cédric Klapisch was originally supposed to carry the subtitle "An Ephemeral Portrait of an Eternal City." That kind of sums it up.
  7. 75
    Not much happens during the course of the movie but, as with all good dramas, the protagonists are richly drawn and the events of their lives become of interest.
  8. The actors, remarkable and seasoned, take care of their end of things, stylishly and (when and where it can be arranged) truthfully.
  9. 75
    It pulls together diverse residents of the city, from produce vendors to academics, and trains a loving eye on their unique environments and the urban landscapes they all share.
  10. There are enough intersecting characters from different classes and backgrounds in Paris to evoke the city as a complex, healthy organism, whose parts are all connected. If it is too lighthearted to show the actual political and economic machinery behind it, its celebration of how well that machinery works produces a pleasant afterglow.
  11. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    If the idea of interconnectedness feels secondhand, what's fresh and affecting is the way Binoche's and Duris' characters navigate life and death.
  12. As a whole, though, Paris pulses with a contemporary version of the energy that animated Balzac's novels, or Colette's accounts of the life she observed from the window of her apartment in the Palais Royal.
  13. 67
    Paris flits from story to story and character to character without doing justice to any of them.
  14. There are too many secondhand characters roving through Paris.
  15. To a one, they're terrific. But in this overpacked ensemble cast, it's Binoche you want to see more of.
  16. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The best armchair holiday going - the cast is lovely to behold and the plot dips in and out of the arrondissements with panache. You almost don’t mind that none of it adds up to terribly much.
  17. Reviewed by: Gregory Valens
    Paris is a bittersweet film containing rare moments of comedy.
  18. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    At a 124-minute runtime, though, the writer-director has stretched a wide canvas, and only sporadically found anything worth filling it with.
  19. 50
    The tales mostly drift along and wrap up unresolved. If this is an accurate slice of Paris life, I'll take the relative excitement of Topeka.
  20. 50
    Soggy stuff from French director Cedric Klapisch (When the Cat’s Away), set in the title city and collecting the routine travails of various urbanites.
  21. 40
    This could have been a true urban mosaic. Instead, we simply get a vision of Paris as the city of lite.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. AnthonyB.
    Oct 17, 2009
    Powerful. Wonderful film. For those out there condemning the film for it's bleakness, you are very unaware of it's purpose. Powerful. Wonderful film. For those out there condemning the film for it's bleakness, you are very unaware of it's purpose. It's obvious Where The Wild Things Are has affected you deeply with it's near perfect representation of the human condition. What's so remarkable about this film is it's ability to express so much with such subtlety. No spoon-feeding needed. It's a painfully beautiful story full of monstrous and disorienting emotions; the core of humanity. This is not just a film for children(which it is,) but a film for any rational, inquiring, and compassionate person. So many people are arguing over whether it's appropriate for children. That the story too frightening and too adult. Not true. I remember these emotions. I remember these thoughts. Children are not and should not be excluded from humanity. Imagination is a person's mechanism for exploring life and it's challenges. It's often terrifying and it's often melancholy. Children will appreciate this movie and, with hope, be forced to think. It's foolish to believe children are devoid of confronting fears we all have. Full Review »
  2. Pats
    Sep 26, 2009
    Two hours of misery, boredom, and irritation redeemed (?) by a ten-minute final sermon to ":seize the day." I sure wish that I had seized Two hours of misery, boredom, and irritation redeemed (?) by a ten-minute final sermon to ":seize the day." I sure wish that I had seized this beautiful fall afternoon in Minneapolis rather than sitting in a theater watching people whose vapid lives annoyed me. Hey, people, you can choose your attitude about things. You create many of the conditions in your lives by your behavior. Grow up! Grow out to others. And this comes from a retired French teacher, lover of Paris and most things French but, come to think of it, not of Parisian ennui. Full Review »