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Based on 21 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Klapisch's masterstroke was to place at the center of a movie a man, forced by circumstances, to stop and simply observe. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    As a whole, though, Paris pulses with a contemporary version of the energy that animated Balzac's novels, or Colette's accounts of the life she observed from the window of her apartment in the Palais Royal. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Has a mature tapestry of characters, a welcome sense of humor and, most crucially, a lovely Juliette Binoche. show more

  • 60
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Paris is a bittersweet film containing rare moments of comedy. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Every character has life and depth. It's unusual for an episodic film to involve us so well in individual lives; as the narrative circles through their stories, we're genuinely curious about what will happen next. show more

  • 88
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    This is a kaleidoscopic valentine to a great city from a director who knows and loves his subject. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The actors, remarkable and seasoned, take care of their end of things, stylishly and (when and where it can be arranged) truthfully. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Not much happens during the course of the movie but, as with all good dramas, the protagonists are richly drawn and the events of their lives become of interest. show more

  • 75
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    It pulls together diverse residents of the city, from produce vendors to academics, and trains a loving eye on their unique environments and the urban landscapes they all share. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The best armchair holiday going - the cast is lovely to behold and the plot dips in and out of the arrondissements with panache. You almost don’t mind that none of it adds up to terribly much. show more

  • November 05, 2009 Margaret Opine
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    Under-developed story and characters but the actors make the experience pleasant . Average movie. Not hopeful.

  • September 29, 2009 Karyn Paris
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    Just being in Paris in August it was fun to recognize many of the places. Tho I liked the film, not crazy about it, it was too long, too dark. And I agree about the goofy relationships of older men and younger women. They were not very beleivable. I thought the men were charming. Looks are not everything. And as we all get from the movie. Paris is beautiful and definitely my city of lights!

  • September 27, 2009 Mnintern
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    Pointless, unfocused movie - boring. Just a shoot-from-the-hip, write about whatever drifts into your mind. It by no means showed a cross-section of Paris - on the other hand, the underbelly, immigrants. It does not possess the beauty or sensitivity that you expect in a French movie. There were a couple of beautiful women, but the men were not only unattractive, they had charisma bypasses. Speaking and understanding French will not make this movie more interesting.

  • September 22, 2009 mkalantary
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    A wonderful film, if you like Frecnh movies as I do, Juliette and Roman Duris deliver wonderful, heartwarming performances and I do hope their performances won't be forgotten at award times (I'm pretty sure, they will be. Like last year, the movie: "The Flight of the Red Baloon," with a wonderful Julitte Binoche wasn't even mentioned.)

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