• Released
  • June 24, 2011
  • (Limited 6/24)
  • R , 1 hr 42 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Comedy
100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Forestier's performance is a tour de force of comic acting, maintaining astonishing alertness and energy from shot to shot and scene to scene.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
For those who wish to decode The Names of Love, there's a sharp commentary on French prejudices, character types, history, and culture embedded in Michel Leclerc's droll autobiographical French comedy.
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75

Orlando Sentinel

By Roger Moore
The leads are charmingly mismatched, but adorable enough to root for, as a couple. Forestier is a wildly uninhibited actress, sexy as all get out. She makes this girl dangerous, seemingly capable of anything.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Leclerc and company manage to raise serious points and deliver intelligent laughs at the same time, which is no small feat.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Sara Forestier is uninhibited in the role and has great comic energy. She won the Cesar for best actress for this performance.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Sharp-witted, sometimes surreal and largely autobiographical French-language comedy.
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63

Slant Magazine

By Andrew Schenker
Chockfull of ideas in a way that's both scattershot and more than a little exciting.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
The film is sometimes funny and occasionally smart yet never quite what it wants to be – funny and smart at the same time.
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50

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Strained and mildly amusing. The real reason to see the movie is the delightful performance by Sara Forestier, who rightly won the French version of the Oscar for her portrayal of the carefree Baya.
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20

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Director Michel Leclerc's comedy plays like one of those foreign-movie spoofs Jerry and the gang would go to see on a "Seinfeld" episode. Only here, there's no "young girl's journey from Milan to Minsk" - just from madcap to moronic.
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62 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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