The Well Digger's Daughter

Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17

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  1. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Jul 26, 2012
    63
    Say this for Auteuil: He has a sense of movie history. The closing credits include the equivalent of an Easter egg for lovers of film and especially for lovers of French film.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 3, 2012
    88
    The Well Digger's Daughter is such a success that Auteuil has already been signed to direct three more Pagnol classics, and I eagerly want to see them.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jul 20, 2012
    83
    It's a movie that could easily have been made 50 years ago, and I don't mean that as a knock. There is much to be said for a film that values unflashy craft and simple, unhurried storytelling.
  4. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jul 18, 2012
    75
    The Well-Digger's Daughter pushes a number of nostalgia buttons at once, most of them pleasing.
  5. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Jul 27, 2012
    80
    Best of all "Daughter" marks a return to old-school French moviemaking, the kind of classically well-made endeavor that unrolls before us like a beloved tapestry. This is the kind of film they don't make anymore, only here it is.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jul 20, 2012
    63
    Like Provence itself, Auteuil is in no hurry to get anywhere, reveling instead in the southern region's brilliant light and whispering crickets. His tangy accent and evident fondness for his character make the picture enjoyable enough as it plods along, and the final act wraps things up on a fulfilling note.
  7. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Jul 20, 2012
    80
    The Well-Digger's Daughter offers a fervent poem to the region's abundant beauty.
  8. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Aug 2, 2012
    75
    For lovers of classical French cinema, and I am one, this earthy throwback is a whiff of lavender borne by the bracing winds of the mistral.
  9. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jul 26, 2012
    75
    The Well Digger's Daughter is old-fashioned in the best sense, almost cozy in its conventions.
  10. Reviewed by: Bill Weber
    Jul 16, 2012
    63
    Ultimately comes off as curiously anecdotal, lacking the dramatic dynamism that could give Marcel Pagnol's tale new life.
  11. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Aug 17, 2012
    75
    The Well-Digger's Daughter is perhaps a bit too sentimental. But the performances are so heartfelt that its occasional excesses are easily forgiven. In a movie summer too often obsessed with things that go boom, this film is all about romance.
  12. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Jul 16, 2012
    80
    A polished, finely acted tale of love and class in the south of France.
  13. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Jul 23, 2012
    70
    The full-bodied performances of Merad and Darroussin give everyone - everyone with an indulgence for old movies about old values - a reason to see this Well Digger's Daughter.
  14. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Jul 16, 2012
    70
    The humanist spirit of Gallic novelist-director Marcel Pagnol is alive and well in the old-fashionedly sincere The Well-Digger's Daughter, a competent remake of Pagnol's eponymous 1940 melodrama about a working-class girl impregnated by a young pilot who's sent off to war.

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