Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Neither a "gay" movie nor a straight one; it is simply a funny one.
  2. 90
    The French originals are always much breezier, the characters more genuine and the actors subtler even if the situations are just as silly.
  3. Wins you over with its devastating simplicity.
  4. 88
    The movie's steady good humor and respect for character is pleasing - even energizing.
  5. 83
    It is aided both by fine performances by Auteuil, Aumont and Depardieu and by wonderful pacing.
  6. Veber's giddy social comedy The Closet finds more delicious, chortling fun in the spectacle of obsequious hypocrisy than any movie I've seen in ages.
  7. 80
    Funny? This one is. It's also sweet and thoughtful.
  8. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    More sweet than savage, this amiable farce creates laughs with old-pro efficiency.
  9. 80
    Auteuil and Depardieu spar hilariously, and writer-director Francis Veber, following "The Dinner Game," offers another delicious treat.
  10. The director is in fine form with The Closet, an expertly acted divertissement that may well be headed for a Yank incarnation within the next few years.
  11. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    A clever premise that's good for many laughs.
  12. An expertly developed farce that's very funny and surprisingly affecting in the bargain.
  13. 75
    Hilarious French farce.
  14. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Perhaps not the most uproarious of Veber's farces, but entertaining and emotionally satisfying all the same.
  15. A farce nearly as cracked as his previous "The Dinner Game."
  16. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    This is economy of style that Americans get only in Woody Allen movies -- and even that's not a guarantee.
  17. It's a bright and breezy piece, and a refreshing alternative to the gross-out Hollywood comedies.
  18. Auteuil does an excellent job. He's like Marcello Mastroianni, whose naturalness also deluded people into thinking for a while that he wasn't a versatile actor.
  19. Reviewed by: Holly Willis
    Auteuil is as charming as ever, with a surprising aptitude for physical humor that keeps the tone cheerfully light and the laughs plentiful.
  20. 63
    Passes the time pleasantly and has a few good laughs.
  21. 63
    By the end we are left with a mildly amusing comedy and the lingering memory of a sterling cast that deserved better material.
  22. 60
    Tumbles happily into every pitfall that lines its well-trodden path.
  23. 60
    It's amusing more often than it isn't, largely because the cast is so nonchalant and, well, French about everything.
  24. Veber, also responsible for "The Dinner Game," apparently has a finger on the pulse of French audiences and Gallic-minded Americans, but there's just not a lot of freshness in this Closet.
  25. It doesn't have the bite to be satire, the pratfalls to be broad comedy, or the wit to pass as a comedy of manners. What does that leave? The French cinematic equivalent of motivational coaching, and -- just like Pignon -- something spectacularly unspectacular.
  26. 20
    Has a blithe tone and a capable cast, but Veber's script is 100 percent laugh-free.

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