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  • Summary: Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexandre Taillard de Vorms (Thierry Lhermitte) is confident in France's importance on the world stage, de Vorms takes on American neo-cons, corrupt Russians and the opportunistic Chinese while his hapless speech writer (Raphael Personnaz) endures the eccentricities of his megalomaniacal boss and his sycophantic entourage. [IFC Films] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Mar 16, 2014
    80
    Quai d’Orsay zips along at a good clip and benefits from the gruffly benevolent gravity of Arestrup, which offsets the machine-gun pace set by Lhermitte.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Mar 16, 2014
    80
    A sparkling and savvy comedy of political manners.
  3. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Mar 16, 2014
    75
    With its broad performances, rapid-fire pacing, and rampant visual and verbal gags, Bernard Tavernier's first out-and-out comedy doesn't try too hard to hide its graphic-novel origins.
  4. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Mar 19, 2014
    70
    Mannered and often very funny.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Mar 21, 2014
    65
    The French Minister boasts robust pacing, screwball-comedy banter and an exuberant central performance. For most American viewers, though, the movie could use footnotes to go with its subtitles.
  6. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Mar 19, 2014
    63
    The conclusion feels too good-natured after nearly two hours of a minister who would need typed instructions to butter a baguette.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Mar 18, 2014
    50
    [Lhermitte's] energetic performance is by far the best reason to see the film, which should probably have been directed by somebody else; Tavernier has little flair for comedy.

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