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  • Summary: Best-selling author Judith Ralitzer is researching unlikely places to find characters for her next bestseller. As luck would have it, a serial killer with a penchant for magic tricks has just escaped from a high-security prison…providing the perfect source material for an intricatelyBest-selling author Judith Ralitzer is researching unlikely places to find characters for her next bestseller. As luck would have it, a serial killer with a penchant for magic tricks has just escaped from a high-security prison…providing the perfect source material for an intricately plotted, mood mystery. (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. A brilliant piece of construction, and talking too much about its specifics would only spoil the overall experience.
  2. 83
    By far the most purely entertaining of all his films to reach these shores, Roman de Gare is the rare trick film in which all the tricks reveal something amusing, involving or poignant about its characters.
  3. 80
    A glossy, enjoyable thriller that isn't quite as tricky or Hitchcockian as it wants to be, Roman de Gare gets by on high style and nice central performances by rubber-faced Dominique Pinon.
  4. The film's not really a whodunit or even a whoizzit, so learning his identity matters less than what happens after he reveals it. The film becomes truly French in its attitudes toward thwarted ambition and emotion, right down to an ending that may strike Americans as melodramatic.
  5. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    70
    This goofy tale of self-emancipation, a love story made by a mature man wise to the possibilities of the improbable, is also a thriller with an unexpectedly dark edge.
  6. If you're willing to go along with it, as I was, then being manipulated -- or at least actively misled -- becomes a pleasure.
  7. The story's Hitchcockian plot loses steam quickly, though Pinon's salty presence keeps things from getting totally bloodless.

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  1. SharonC.
    Jun 4, 2008
    10
    Absolutely delightful in every way! It kept me wondering who was really the "bad guy". The ending was very satisfying.
  2. EnriqueG.
    Jul 15, 2008
    9
    An excellent sophisticated thriller. From Lelouch you can expect always from the best to the worst. This time he is at his best. This is one An excellent sophisticated thriller. From Lelouch you can expect always from the best to the worst. This time he is at his best. This is one of his most gratifying movies. Expand
  3. JayH.
    Jan 26, 2009
    8
    Outstanding mystery thriller, expertly directed and woven together by Claude Lelouch. The performances are excellent, especially Dominique Outstanding mystery thriller, expertly directed and woven together by Claude Lelouch. The performances are excellent, especially Dominique Pinon and Audrey Dana. Plenty of twists and surprises, compelling from start to finish, Expand

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