100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Hauntingly tells a story older than the Odyssey and as timely as today's body count from Iraq.
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100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Rapturously beautiful, startlingly audacious and often very funny, the film employs many of the techniques that were used so pleasingly in "Amélie."
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
It's a magical film which manages to transport and rivet us in the same highly-imaginitive, breezily playful way "Amelie" did.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This is a movie that considers graphic violence with a refined taste for the sensuous: Guts spill, blood spurts, corpses stink, but there is a handsome, absurdist humanity to the way Jeunet (who wrote the script with Guillaume Laurant) maps out the crossroads of human carnage and human caring.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Flattens you with concussive detail and the awfulness of war; it plays like "Saving Private Ryan" as remade by a Continental mathematician flipping out on Ecstasy.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
An emotional powerhouse.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
A long movie that almost wears out its 21/4-hour welcome, yet it's full of surprises.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

Jeunet provides numerous pleasures, particularly visual, along the way.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
There are many ways to say that war is hell, but few filmmakers have said it with as much imagination, humor, intrigue and humanity as Jean-Pierre Jeunet in A Very Long Engagement.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A Very Long Engagement is "Cold Mountain" with French people.
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76 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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