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Based on 25 Reviews
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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A rare film about the class and educational divide that can happen even within families. show more

  • 75
    Desmond Ryan Philadelphia Inquirer

    A fresh, striking and rewarding piece of work. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    The result is an undeniable and effective authenticity. show more

  • 79
    Kevin Maynard Mr. Showbiz

    Most tenderly, the film deciphers the true meaning of its corporate-speak title in Franck and his father's impassioned struggle to ensure each other's welfare. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    This superbly acted, expressively filmed story offers a rare blend of compelling drama, ethical awareness, and sheer human emotion. show more

  • 100
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Terrific French film about that most universal of subjects - work. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A valuable, heartbreaking film about the way those resources are plugged into a system, drained of their usefulness and discarded. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Offers highly effective performances by a cast of real-life employees without previous acting experience, who also collaborated on the intriguing screenplay. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    At its best when it's hovering around the muted dysfunction between a father and a son, who never understood each other to begin with. show more

  • 63
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    A working-class drama that has its heart in the right place but undercuts itself by stacking the deck, letting its main character off too lightly and being overly impressed with its own profundity. show more

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