Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Magical movie, which has brilliant fun with the contrasts between film and theater, love and infatuation, reality and fantasy.
  2. It's all very French, very intricate, and -- this is Rivette's magic -- seemingly as light as air.
  3. 90
    Never less than witty, charming, accomplished.
  4. 90
    Va Savoir doesn't so much flow as wander, trailing off into drama one minute, slapstick the next; it tries your patience, but ever so gently, masterfully.
  5. 90
    Va Savoir has its own unhurried pace and unpredictable humor. This is the sort of comedy Robert Altman could only dream about.
  6. This masterful celebration starts off slowly, even uncertainly, giving no hint of the rich and elegant exploration of love, jealousy and animal attraction it will in all good time become.
  7. 90
    It's undeniably a trifle, but rarely is something like this done with such skill and, well, savoir-faire.
  8. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    90
    An entrancing ensemble piece, directed with calm assurance, acted by a fine ensemble, and structured and scripted with wit and precision.
  9. 90
    The film could be subtitled "Six Characters in Search of an Ending:" When they find that ending, it is gently, delightfully uplifting.
  10. It may be the most serene and optimistic film Rivette has made in France. Yet even the art-house audience may undervalue it, miss the beauty, style and wit.
  11. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    Souffle-light and airily playful.
  12. 83
    A vibrant, multicharacter film that entertains, disorients and enlightens.
  13. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    This is lovely, momentous piffle.
  14. Readily accessible, slyly subversive and perfectly delightful film.
  15. It gets frenetic, in the French way, but it never stops getting amusing. This is what happens when you let grown-ups make movies.
  16. 75
    The kind of movie you settle into. It's supple and sophisticated, and it's not about much. It has no message and some will say it has no point. But it is a demonstration of grace and wit.
  17. On a Paris rooftop about an hour into this 2-hour film, the tone shifts and the atmosphere lightens into giddy farce.
  18. 75
    You may find Va Savoir pleasant to sit through, but will it stay with you the next morning? Who knows?
  19. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    It's an engaging diversion from a master director who, at the ripe age of 78, appears to be once again at the top of his game.
  20. Rivette keeps the life-is-a-play metaphysics to a minimum, and the cast, including Jeanne Balibar and Sergio Castellitto, is attractive.
  21. Its warm humor and love for its characters ultimately wins us over to its side.
  22. The movie's pleasures are spare, and will appeal mostly to die-hard Rivette fans and viewers with slow pulses.
  23. Before the slightly surreal (self-consciously so) climax, there are some fine set pieces, including a disastrous dinner party that amply showcases Rivette's wonderfully light directorial touch.
  24. 60
    The wrap-up's pretty charming, as are the performances, but the film's too heavy for its soufflé-ready ingredients.
  25. It yields surprisingly unspectacular results.
  26. Lacks the scariness, the mystery, and even much of the curiosity of Rivette's better work.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. PatC.
    Jan 10, 2007
    6
    A film for extremely patient adult viewers, it explores the dynamics of conflicted multiple love interests and how those involved get bogged down in taking themselves too seriously. A full 40 minutes elapses before the story's component constitute a cohesive and interesting plot. A fine film in many respects, but it simply does not contain enough content to justify its length. A single moment of pure hilarity would have done wonders. Full Review »