88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The Well Digger's Daughter is such a success that Auteuil has already been signed to direct three more Pagnol classics, and I eagerly want to see them.
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80

NPR

By Ella Taylor
The Well-Digger's Daughter offers a fervent poem to the region's abundant beauty.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

A polished, finely acted tale of love and class in the south of France.
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Calvin Wilson
The Well-Digger's Daughter is perhaps a bit too sentimental. But the performances are so heartfelt that its occasional excesses are easily forgiven. In a movie summer too often obsessed with things that go boom, this film is all about romance.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
For lovers of classical French cinema, and I am one, this earthy throwback is a whiff of lavender borne by the bracing winds of the mistral.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The Well-Digger's Daughter pushes a number of nostalgia buttons at once, most of them pleasing.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The Well Digger's Daughter is old-fashioned in the best sense, almost cozy in its conventions.
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63

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
Say this for Auteuil: He has a sense of movie history. The closing credits include the equivalent of an Easter egg for lovers of film and especially for lovers of French film.
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63

Slant Magazine

By Bill Weber
Ultimately comes off as curiously anecdotal, lacking the dramatic dynamism that could give Marcel Pagnol's tale new life.
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63

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Like Provence itself, Auteuil is in no hurry to get anywhere, reveling instead in the southern region's brilliant light and whispering crickets. His tangy accent and evident fondness for his character make the picture enjoyable enough as it plods along, and the final act wraps things up on a fulfilling note.
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67 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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