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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 theMinister 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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