|Miramax Films | Release Date: November 21, 2003||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
The Barbarian Invasions might be called an idyll of death. Without excessive sentiment (but without slighting sentiment, either). [24 November 2003, p. 113]
The film grows on you too, a later-stage version of "The Big Chill" that starts schematically and ends as a stirring celebration.
Arcand has a gift for witty dialogue but a weakness for force-feeding his story with sentiment. References to ancient holocausts and to 9/11 simply expose the intent of a director who will do anything to touch his audience -- with a sweet gesture or a cattle prod. And in a comedy of manners, that behavior is very impolite. Read full review
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