San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A brilliant piece of construction, and talking too much about its specifics would only spoil the overall experience.
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By James Berardinelli
Like nearly any thriller, no matter how intelligently and tightly plotted, it is possible to poke holes in its fabric. But, as it's unspooling in the theater, it makes for a wonderful movie house experience. Here's a sleeper worth a few extra miles' travel to see.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A sly catalog of deceits and a gentle commentary on slippery creativity and desire.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Richard James Havis
The result is infectiously enjoyable.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The structure of Lelouch's pedal-to-the-metal story commands attention and suspense. The three principals are enormously engaging, and Gérard de Battista's succulent cinematography creates the sense of actually being there.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Roman de Gare translates as "station novel," a book you might pick up to read on a train journey and then discard when you arrive at your destination. Lelouch's film is the cinematic equivalent, enjoyable fluff that your mind will discard after the closing credits - but worth seeing nevertheless.
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Chicago Tribune

The ultimate charms of the movie lie in Lelouch’s confident control, in his telling of the story his way, almost stubbornly, his canvas splattered with both garish and hypnotic splotches.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
If you're willing to go along with it, as I was, then being manipulated -- or at least actively misled -- becomes a pleasure.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The 70-something director puts us back in luxury's lap with Roman de Gare, which looks just like the high-roller ads you get in the first 40 pages of Vogue or Vanity Fair but feels vaguely more emotional. Lelouch wants to tie a Hermès scarf around our hearts.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The story's Hitchcockian plot loses steam quickly, though Pinon's salty presence keeps things from getting totally bloodless.
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71 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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