Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Philippe Blasband's screenplay is witty and economical, and the film's editing is crisp.
  2. Its ambiguity allows us the chance to provide our own satirical edge to the film.
  3. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    A funny and original film set in a future when communications are even more refined than they are now.
  4. 80
    The film is full of ingenious details and effective character sketches (Thomas has a mother who would give Woody Allen the willies) that go a long way toward covering up its conventionalities.
  5. Starts gently, with amusing drollness, then gets more serious, even provocative, without sacrificing its light touch. This is very much a film with something on its mind.
  6. 80
    Too poignant and funny to be dismissed.
  7. 78
    Great fun to watch, thoughtful and timely, Thomas in Love is likely to generate some decidedly interesting post-film conversations as well.
  8. You'd think it would be boring to stare at Thomas's computer screen so intently for 97 minutes, but the movie is eerily riveting.
  9. Reviewed by: Holly Willis
    Although he's invisible, his poignant desire to overcome his isolation makes this film an interesting, frequently funny, and cautionary riff on our increasingly computer-bound society.
  10. The movie, after a while, drifts into an all too literal parable of the limits of never leaving the house.
  11. 50
    It's squeamish about sex but not, unfortunately, sentiment.
  12. 50
    The story is slight and would probably be better suited to a short subject, but first-time feature filmmaker Pierre-Paul Renders gives it a striking formal twist: It's told entirely in the first person.
  13. 50
    The movie itself isn't as interesting as the conversations you can have about it. It duplicates Thomas' miserable world so well we want to escape it as urgently as Thomas does.
  14. "Center of the World" portrays a much more believable example of what happens when a computer nerd realizes that his erotic fantasies aren't the same thing as love.
  15. Thomas is a couch potato as well as a recluse, and a terminal bore to boot. The women, real and simulated, are only slightly more interesting, and then only when they talk back.
  16. Since we never see Thomas, we can't care for him. And he's hardly a sympathetic "hero" in his treatment of women and his insistence that other characters honor his personal boundaries while he ignores theirs.

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