Poison Friends Synopsis
A French university student captivates his friends with charisma and condescension.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
While the young people chatter about life and literature with sometimes overbearing self-satisfaction, the astute filmmaker observes their...
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90

Variety

By Lisa Nesselson
A movie so unrepentantly French that viewers who enjoy truly Gallic pics can start (tastefully) salivating now.
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80

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
Bourdieu's cast is terrific throughout. Any fellow academic brats out there will especially appreciate Jacques Bonnaffé, one of the...
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
Steeped in shrewdness about the often contradictory workings of human nature, Poison Friends is gratifying in the best tradition of French...
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80

Village Voice

By J. Hoberman
Not for nothing did this movie open the International Critics' Week (and win its grand prize) last year at Cannes; Poison Friends may be all...
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
It's intellectual without being dry, dramatic without bombast, smart without posturing. Its characters and milieu are very well drawn, and...
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75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Poison Friends deftly sketches the fine line - is there one? - between "critic" and "loser."
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75

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
This sly, subtle and very French psychological drama dissects the relationship between three insecure Sorbonne students and their deeply...
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
If, unlike his friends, you don't take anything Andre says seriously, there is a wicked sense of fun about it, and you may even see a...
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70

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
As a group portrait of apprentice intellectuals the film has an almost documentary accuracy. It also has a degree of energy, an appetite...
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