Place Vendôme

Metascore
74

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. When Deneuve is not onscreen, the film is never denuff.
  2. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    It's rare that a crime movie achieves such emotional complexity, but this one is smartly layered.
  3. May have some of the trappings of an exotic thriller, but it's basically a character study.
  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. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    75
    This is a quiet thriller and a middle-aged romance, and it's full of desperation and oozing anxiety.
  6. Film.com
    Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    80
    Fascinating noir, which will long be remembered for its extraordinary lead performance by Catherine Deneuve.
  7. 90
    It's all about having your intelligence -- emotional, spiritual, cerebral -- respected. Garcia does that; Place Vendôme does that.
  8. This complex, sophisticated and increasingly suspenseful tale of love and betrayal, intrigue and redemption, is as elegant as its star and its settings.
  9. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    75
    A slow and knotted-up film, but one imbued with a keen sense of what motivates people beyond mere avarice.
  10. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    83
    Long and slow, granted, but it's so peppered with moments of realism and nuanced craft that it continually rewards careful viewing.
  11. 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.
  12. San Francisco Examiner
    Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    75
    Overall a well-played chess match of a movie.
  13. Garcia's dialogue is wonderfully crafted, short, sharp and resonant, and her elegant direction is delicate and handsome.
  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. 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.
  17. 70
    Inept as a thriller, Place Vendôme nevertheless intrigues.

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