La chute de l'empire Américain

critic Reviews

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  • An ambitious blend of comedy, thriller, and social commentary, The Fall of the American Empire lightens its heavy message with refreshing intelligence and wit.
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    Andrea GronvallChicago Reader
    For those who prefer their larcenous high jinks leavened by a serious social conscience, this ebullient romp is just the ticket.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    There are bigger incongruities around the corner... that bury the film's credibility.
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    Cary DarlingHouston Chronicle
    This often well-acted and intriguing blend of caper and commentary comes off as forced and heavy-handed, scoring obvious points without offering anything particularly new. Heck, there's even a hooker with a heart of gold.
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    Michael PhillipsChicago Tribune
    Though jarringly violent at times, the film becomes a wash of low-keyed comic attitudes thrown into the works of a crime story.
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    Ann HornadayWashington Post
    When Pierre-Paul enjoys a gentle S&M scenario with Camille, while also quoting Plato's dialogues, "The Fall of the American Empire" reaches peak eyeroll-inducing wish fulfillment.
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    G. Allen JohnsonSan Francisco Chronicle
    Politics and social commentary aside, we are left with a crime film. One that isn't very suspenseful or particularly clever.
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    Matt CipollaThe Spool
    If it feels like everyone's a tool in a script instead of an engaging person, that's because that's the case.
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    Lael LoewensteinFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    I love the way [director Denys] Arcand blends different genres. This is satire, a romance and also a thriller.
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    Cate MarquisWe Are Movie Geeks
    ...a thoughtful, good-hearted film full of unexpected turns, that has something in particular to say and it says it in a gentler, subtler way than most social satires might.
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    Corbin SmithWillamette Week
    Arcand ends up overextending the crime-movie motif by trying to fashion a sedate tale about morality, which is an interesting premise, but this flatly acted heap of malaise doesn't do the idea justice.
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