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  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Alain Resnais' 2006 adaptation of a British play by Alan Ayckbourn is a world apart from his earlier Ayckbourn adaptation, "Smoking/No Smoking"; that film tried to be as "English" as possible. But this time Resnais looks for precise French equivalents to British culture, and what emerges is one of his most personal works, intermittently recalling the melancholy "Muriel" and "Providence."
  2. 100
    A masterpiece by any measure, is fresh, immediate and contemporary, but its wintry yet warm perspective is suffused with the wisdom and experience of a great filmmaker who turns 85 on June 2.
  3. It's a Parisian romantic roundelay with sundry couples connecting and disconnecting, but it looks and sounds like no sex comedy ever made: It's transcendentally yummy.
  4. 75
    Clever, wise and witty.
  5. This is a minor film from a master, which is disappointing, but nevertheless it has its charms, most notably in the acting by a cast of stage and screen veterans.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    Private Fears says that life is a smoldering holding pattern, but Resnais is gracious enough to blanket the embers with eternal snow.
  7. Suffers from Resnais' inability to open it up and give it the look and pulse of a film.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. DanP
    Apr 20, 2007
    10
    An exquisite film to see! Resnais applies his roots in French experimental filmmaking to this dialogue-driven film. Every set piece and An exquisite film to see! Resnais applies his roots in French experimental filmmaking to this dialogue-driven film. Every set piece and camera movement is visually stunning. Expand
  2. tomaszw
    Jul 9, 2008
    2
    Very stagey and psychologically incomprehensible. Where did these people come from, where do they live? They may speak French but the city Very stagey and psychologically incomprehensible. Where did these people come from, where do they live? They may speak French but the city ain't Paris but some outer space for seemingly human strays. A waste of time. Expand

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