Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    May 23, 2012
    88
    Enjoy this movie for what it is - the kind of motion picture that can cause Champaign-like giddiness - and don't obsess over how true-to-life this work of fiction is.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    May 23, 2012
    80
    Let me come clean right now and tell you that I enjoyed The Intouchables quite a bit. If you're looking for a lightweight summer change of pace, with just a smidgen of Continental flair, here it is.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jun 1, 2012
    75
    It's the kind of movie that inspires word-of-mouth recommendations by speaking the international language of culture clash.
  4. 75
    The Intouchables works as a crowd-pleaser not because it's true, but because it's a plausible enchantment.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    May 24, 2012
    75
    The Intouchables is an exuberantly charming French buddy comedy that proves an audience will suspend disbelief and follow an unlikely story as long as it's superbly crafted.
  6. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    May 24, 2012
    75
    It has warmth, humor and an understated sweetness that is not to be taken for granted.
  7. 70
    What it provides (instead of the thematically clever dialogue of typically subtle French comedy) is biting wit, poignancy and, forsaking some structural nuisances, the summer's best bromance.
  8. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    May 31, 2012
    70
    There are plenty of reasons not to like The Intouchables, but Omar Sy's terrific performance blows right past them.
  9. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    May 26, 2012
    70
    Not a great film but a warm one that pushes the viewer's emotional buttons so deftly it feels like a massage. My guess is that you will laugh and cry at all appropriate moments. Resistance is futile.
  10. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    May 24, 2012
    70
    The film fulfills its feel-good promise, as long as it's seen as the fairy tale it was meant to be.
  11. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Jun 6, 2012
    67
    Take from the film's racial commingling what you want. Much of this may be old hat, even corny, and potentially offensive, but I haven't laughed out loud this often at a movie in ages.
  12. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    May 26, 2012
    67
    It's worth noting that this movie is loosely based on actual people – except the real-life Driss character is, in fact, an Arab. If Driss had been an Arab, The Intouchables would have waded into less navigable waters, but it might have made for a tougher movie.
  13. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    May 23, 2012
    67
    The power dynamic may charm the French, but it's likely to push the cringe buttons of local moviegoers in Obama's post-"The Green Mile America." Apart from the wince-inducing moments, The Intouchables is often a pleasant buddy picture.
  14. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    May 31, 2012
    63
    It's the classic odd-couple buddy movie setup, only it'll pull at your heartstrings, whether you want it too or not. And you won't want it to, because it's sap.
  15. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    May 30, 2012
    63
    This is a story that has been told time and again in the movies, and sometimes the performances overcome the condescension of the formula.
  16. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    May 24, 2012
    63
    Sy and Cluzet are superb actors who demolish stereotypes about race and social class by finding a common humanity in their characters. Acting this good forgives a lot of sins.
  17. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    May 31, 2012
    60
    A box office phenomenon in France, this crowd-pleasing drama is based on a true story but sticks closely to the template for a Hollywood buddy movie.
  18. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    May 24, 2012
    60
    It is possible to summarize the experience of watching The Intouchables in nine words: You will laugh; you will cry; you will cringe.
  19. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    May 24, 2012
    60
    In this sentimental feel-good saga of an ultra-wealthy quadriplegic and the petty criminal who becomes his caretaker, the chemistry between the two lead actors goes a considerable way toward elevating the broad-strokes culture clash. That's crucial to a film that is, in essence, a love story.
  20. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    May 24, 2012
    60
    Actually, The Intouchables isn't bad - its merely shameless, but at least it's overtly so.
  21. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    May 23, 2012
    58
    Sy and Cluzet give their parts more conviction than they deserve, even when the former is forced to re-enact the falsetto-singing-in-the-bubblebath bit from Pretty Woman. But even their energy can't revive a corpse this dead.
  22. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    May 31, 2012
    50
    The lens through which the The Intouchables was filmed may be too rose-colored for some people's taste, but the window that these talented performers throw open -- a window onto the strange and touching friendship between two very different men -- is crystal clear.
  23. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    May 31, 2012
    50
    Some of the elements in the film are inexplicable and some are undeveloped, but there are a handful of nicely crafted set pieces.
  24. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    May 31, 2012
    50
    This tired little movie got on my last nerve. If Driss is so charismatic and so full of ingenuity, why isn't he using any of that skill to help lift up his family?
  25. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    May 29, 2012
    50
    "Driving Miss Daisy" this ain't. Except that it sort of is.
  26. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    May 25, 2012
    50
    This essentially good-natured movie, a massive hit in France, is more likely to strike American audiences as trite than offensive.
  27. Reviewed by: Neil Young
    May 23, 2012
    50
    Corny, calculating and commercial...Their slickly executed culture-clash character piece is stuffed chock full of hard-knock life lessons that owe much more to the conventions of the screen than the tough realities of social deprivation and of the severely handicapped.
  28. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    May 22, 2012
    40
    Cluzet and Sy nonetheless make for ingratiating foils; the extended opening sequence in which the duo outwits a pair of cops like a hell-raising Laurel and Hardy could be a stellar short comedy if it weren't married to the deadly self-serious shtick that follows.
  29. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    May 22, 2012
    38
    A cheeky dream-drama about the friendship between a rich, white quadriplegic and a penurious black job-seeker, the premise of The Intouchables alone nearly renders analysis redundant.
  30. Reviewed by: David Denby
    May 23, 2012
    20
    The plot becomes disastrously condescending: the black man, who's crude, sexy, and a great dancer, liberates the frozen white man. The handsome Omar Sy jumps all over the place, and he's blunt and grating. Francois Cluzet acts with his eyebrows, his nose, his forehead. It's an admirable performance, but the movie is an embarrassment. [28 May 2012, p.78]
  31. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    May 23, 2012
    20
    Though never known for their subtlety, French co-helmers/scripters Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache have never delivered a film as offensive as "Untouchable," which flings about the kind of Uncle Tom racism one hopes has permanently exited American screens.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 202 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. May 25, 2012
    10
    I don't see how anyone could not like this movie. The acting is good, the story reaches out to you, at times it is genuinely touching, and a moment later you will find yourself laughing in your chair. If you get the chance, see this movie. The great feeling you're left with alone is worth the money.

    I went to see this film with six or so friends, and while we're usually quite divided on whether a film was good or bad, we all agreed that this is one of the best movies you can go see this year.
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  2. Jul 18, 2012
    5
    Ok, so I went into this movie not knowing anything about the actors, director, or story so that I could give the movie an unbiased review so YOU could make an educated decision about seeing this film: and here we go. This movie isn't without its charms, believe you me, it will have you giggling one moment and dead silent the next, but its just that. You'll share no huge laughs or be truly concerned for the main characters and the way their lives intertwine. Don't get me wrong, both lead actors play their roles very well, but not enough to draw you truly in to this brief slice of their lives. Some parts of this movie felt like they were thrown in just to fill time and serve no other purpose. I cant give this movie a higher review but it does have its audience: those who need to know their are people out there who have it just a little worse than you do. But you still might not come away with that. Full Review »
  3. Jun 9, 2012
    8
    This popular French import (last year's most viewed film) will likely prove a hit here. It's about a rich invalid who hires a black ex-con from the "hood" as caretaker. The seemingly incompatible combo turns out to be perfect partnership of support, humor and friendship. Both of the leads are endearing and the story moves with a lively attitude and plenty of laughs. Expect to be charmed, touched and entertained. Full Review »