Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 100
    It's hard to imagine many films surpassing or even equaling the effect of this supple, breathtakingly direct, small French film.
  2. 80
    Le Besco gives an unforgettable performance in a movie that's sweet and sad, formally near-perfect but never cynical.
  3. The downbeat story unfolds in quick, incisive slashes in which the combination of minimal dialogue and gorgeous black-and-white photography lends the movie a chilly documentary realism.
  4. An exceptionally perceptive film about what it's like to be 19 years old.
  5. The result is a painful and poignant film at once empathetic and critical, more soberly unnerving than exciting, but never less than compelling.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Set in Paris in 1975, this sensitive, low-key film is another exquisitely crafted volume in French director Benoit Jacquot's collection of films about young Frenchwomen at pivotal points in their lives.
  7. 70
    Based on true events, À Tout De Suite reveals the seductions of criminal life to be something like Stockholm Syndrome for Le Besco.
  8. 70
    Less a tale of desperado lovers than a cruel story of youth, Tout de Suite is framed largely in close-up, with few transitional shots and a narrative that grows increasingly fragmented.
  9. One of those rich girl/bad boy things that defy understanding and leave you on the outside. Fascinated, but on the outside.
  10. Though it happens two-thirds into the movie, when Lili is abandoned by the others in Greece without either luggage or money, Le Besco's vulnerability draws us into her predicament.
  11. 63
    Like all of Jacquot's movies, it's not crazy enough.
  12. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Strikingly crafted but rather empty drama.
  13. Its gorgeous black-and-white photography, dirty and matte, will almost convince you that anything this slow, small and bereft of dialogue must be important.
  14. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    A series of beautifully bleak black-and-white images of the sexy actress Islid Le Besco staring gravely out of windows.
  15. Short on details and long on extreme, unflattering close-ups.
  16. 50
    Jacquot seems unwilling to either shape his story or offer commentary, a standard New Wave strategy that, in this instance, makes for a tale as vague as it is nouvelle.
  17. In the end, A Tout de Suite leads to not much more of a point than one woman's loss of innocence.
  18. It's a slow and laborious persona piece.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. ChadS.
    Mar 21, 2007
    There's no jump-cuts, or anything particular deconstructionist about "A Tout de Suite", but the breathtaking effect that black and white There's no jump-cuts, or anything particular deconstructionist about "A Tout de Suite", but the breathtaking effect that black and white photography has on Islid LeBesco, helps the viewer imagine what this ingenue would look like in one of Jean Luc Goddard's lovers on the lam films(such as 1965's "Pierrot le fou") during the iconoclast's heyday. As Lili, LeBesco is absolutely spot-on in portraying how the love of a nineteen-year-old girl would transform her from an art student to a fugitive of the law. LeBesco is one of only a handful of actresses who can pull off the trick of being both erotic and sweet. We shouldn't feel sad for the beautiful, but when Lili is betrayed by her hooligan lover, that radiant glow on Le Besco's face disappears and you're a little startled by how vulnerable she suddenly looks. "A Tout de Suite" then tells a different kind of story. Finding herself suddenly alone, we see how men and women gravitate, or is that prey, on the young and beautiful. We saw heart, but these people just want her body. If you see "A Tout de Suite", you'll see a star in the making, and the most ravishing use of black and white photography since the Coen Brothers' "The Man Who Wasn't There". Full Review »