Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Loren King
    In this engaging, understated comedy, it is the journey and not the destination that matters.
  2. 80
    Optimistically explores how vastly different people can come together, and how any journey is more about what happens along the way than simply getting from one place to another.
  3. An odyssey of self-discovery of much charm, humor and admirable subtlety.
  4. This French film has a breezy, documentary air that belies the important issues is raises.
  5. A film whose surface charm never gets in the way of its profound seriousness about living life to the fullest -- especially when one knows it isn't going to be a terribly long one.
  6. 75
    Although the movie never so much as flirts with melodrama, there is still a bittersweet undercurrent.
  7. Poignant, funny and clear-eyed about some tough topics: homophobia, racism, AIDS.
  8. It's a distinctly French feeling -- an air of caprice and light expectations -- and a perfect prologue to a delightful film.
  9. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Sectioned neatly into chapters with titles like "Mon petit frere" and "Ma mere," the film is perhaps a little too rigid, even by the conventions of road movies.
  10. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    A wafer-thin, sweetly sentimental picaresque with semiserious overtones.
  11. 60
    It would all be too obviously feel-good if Ducastel and Martineau weren't also tuned in to the liberating drift of the open highway and a sharp native humor that adds needed flesh and blood to their walking metaphors.
  12. Perhaps simply discovering a film so dedicated to a different perspective is adventure enough.
  13. 50
    Sweet, funny, well-acted and nicely shot on locations in the south of France -- but on the dull side overall.
  14. Yes, this is the stuff of fiction, where individuals can drift in and out of another's life and make extraordinary, unbelievable things happen.
  15. 50
    Understated fun, but not much more.
  16. 40
    Makes its points gently; the picture presents its socially conscious messages as if they were written in the sand, on the beaches where Felix would probably prefer to frolic.

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