Place Vendôme


Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 1 out of 18

Critic Reviews

  1. This complex, sophisticated and increasingly suspenseful tale of love and betrayal, intrigue and redemption, is as elegant as its star and its settings.
  2. 90
    It's all about having your intelligence -- emotional, spiritual, cerebral -- respected. Garcia does that; Place Vendôme does that.
  3. 90
    Taut and nuanced from start to finish, with memorable, lived-in central characters and an appealingly melancholy tone, helmer/co-scripter Nicole Garcia’s third feature has what it takes.
  4. 88
    This human level is always there beneath the thriller elements. The screenplay takes care to bring the crime story and the personal histories together, so that even the crossed lines of romance work as plot points, not just sentiment.
  5. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Long and slow, granted, but it's so peppered with moments of realism and nuanced craft that it continually rewards careful viewing.
    Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    Fascinating noir, which will long be remembered for its extraordinary lead performance by Catherine Deneuve.
  7. May have some of the trappings of an exotic thriller, but it's basically a character study.
  8. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    It's rare that a crime movie achieves such emotional complexity, but this one is smartly layered.
  9. San Francisco Examiner
    Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    Overall a well-played chess match of a movie.
  10. Consistently absorbing as the amazing Deneuve reveals, scene by scene, new facets of a fascinating character in a mercantile war that involves equal parts greed and vanity.
  11. Garcia's dialogue is wonderfully crafted, short, sharp and resonant, and her elegant direction is delicate and handsome.
  12. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    This is a quiet thriller and a middle-aged romance, and it's full of desperation and oozing anxiety.
  13. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    A slow and knotted-up film, but one imbued with a keen sense of what motivates people beyond mere avarice.
  14. 70
    In spite of its many flaws, the film never loses its focus on its fascinating central figure.
  15. 70
    Deneuve has never been better.
  16. 70
    Inept as a thriller, Place Vendôme nevertheless intrigues.
  17. When Deneuve is not onscreen, the film is never denuff.
  18. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Foreman
    Heavy-handed, predictable and almost completely unbelievable.

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