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Metascore
63

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  • Summary: During the early years of German occupation of France, romance blooms between Lucile Angellier (Michelle Williams), a French villager, and Bruno von Falk (Matthias Schoenaerts), a German soldier.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Lucy Popescu
    Mar 11, 2015
    80
    Love and war are a winning combination and Eduard Grau's cinematography, terrific performances all round, in particular the simmering chemistry between Schoenaerts and Williams, should ensure Suite Française's success as well as adding to Némirovsky’s fan base.
  2. Reviewed by: Dave Calhoun
    Mar 11, 2015
    80
    The film is not without its problems – Michelle Williams is an elusive lead, and a wide array of characters come at the expense of depth – but it’s a knotty, thoughtful piece of work nonetheless.
  3. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Mar 11, 2015
    70
    Clumsy storytelling decisions, however, can’t entirely get in the way of a good story, and it’s when Suite francaise focuses on the simplest human dynamics of its yarn that it forges a sincere emotional connection.
  4. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    Mar 9, 2015
    60
    Sterling performances lift the occasionally soapy storyline in this semi-successful adaptation.
  5. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Mar 11, 2015
    60
    Well-played and divertingly handsome, it’s one of those pedigreed visions of love and war which backs away from specifics, reassuring us almost to death with its lavish craft. It’s thoroughly easy to sit through, when it should probably have been harder.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob James
    Mar 11, 2015
    60
    A much-admired text is respectfully brought to the screen in a film that nonetheless struggles under the burden of its war movie clichés.
  7. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Mar 11, 2015
    50
    Has sturdy production values, a tony cast and middlebrow tastefulness up the wazoo, but barely any soul, bite or genuine passion.

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