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  • Summary: The Hedgehog is the timely story of Palomaa young girl bent on ending it all on her upcoming twelfth birthday. Using her father’s old camcorder to chronicle the hypocrisy she sees in adults, Paloma begins to learn about life from the grumpy building concierge, Renée Michel. When Paloma’s camera reveals the extensive secret library in Renée’s back room, and that the often gruff matron reads Tolstoy to her cat, Paloma begins to understand that there are allies to be found beneath the prickliest of exteriors. As the unlikely friendship deepens, Paloma’s own coming of age becomes a much less pessimistic prospect. (NeoClassics Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    Aug 19, 2011
    90
    An exquisite, intimate film of restraint and delicacy.
  2. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Aug 25, 2011
    88
    The Hedgehog is full of heart, passion, and human longing - but also a good dose of existentialism. Think of it as Sartre's "Being and Nothingness"-meets-Dr. Seuss.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 22, 2011
    80
    Igawa is almost a magical presence, projecting a calm in Ozu that is infectious.
  4. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Oct 5, 2011
    67
    A light but emotionally heady confection from France.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Sep 1, 2011
    63
    Achache's direction is deft and assured. She lends the film a nice, easy rhythm that conceals the story's alternating whimsy and melodrama and almost compensates for them (almost).
  6. 60
    Contrary to all of my bitter nudging, I found both sweet and charming. It's just me: I hate precocious children.
  7. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Aug 25, 2011
    25
    Here Balasko, best known as a comedian, is particularly satisfying. But the reward is too small on the investment, and the film's resolution is downright irritating - not just a waste of time, but a waste of time with attitude.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Oct 13, 2013
    10
    A movie which has the power to demonstrate the advanced ability of French cinema, an industry often swept under the mat by American film conglomerates. You'll laugh, you'll cry, but most importantly, you'll believe it. Expand
  2. Sep 4, 2011
    9
    The pre-teen 11 year old girl in Mona Achacheâ
  3. Sep 21, 2011
    8
    This is a fine little movie that probably will not receive the attention it deserves. Paloma (the young girl) is eccentric but very intelligent, and the interplay between her, the Hedgehog (the concierege) and the new resident is very interesting. It really is a story of the humanity of a man who can see beneath the "hegdehog" exterior and bring out the true person which lays beneath. It's too bad this movie will probably not get the attention it deserves, but there is a lovely message here. Expand
  4. Aug 21, 2011
    8
    I'm not sure that the "meaning" of the movie is particularly profound (despite the references to Tolstoy, French class differences, and the like) or that the two subplots are even as well integrated as they might be; The movie is nevertheless beautifully filmed, lovingly directed, well acted, and a delight to watch. Subtle, sly, touching, and respectful of its audience. Expand
  5. Sep 15, 2011
    5
    It's a relatively sweet movie. The ability of the new owner to come in and look behind the rough exterior that the Hedghog has built up over time is fascinating. But Paloma - the young girl - is so annoying in the first half of the film that she drained much of my will to keep watching. Expand

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