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80
New York Magazine (Vulture)
Berri is very good at bringing out his characters' emotional contradictions so that we seem to be discovering them right along with Jacques and Laura.
75
Possession, humiliation, jealousy, revelation . . . they're all painted in light, swift strokes by the veteran director and his two stars.
75
Premiere
Understated, quietly amusing, and steadily paced.
70
Even if the film is only moderately enjoyable, it can create a sort of exotic escapism.
70
The New York Times
Fits squarely into a Gallic tradition of wistful, worldly-wise comedies that reflect on the weakness of the flesh.
67
By the end, you may marvel at the film's worldly-wise wink of maturity. You may also think, Is that all?
63
The film is extremely well-acted, and Berri is very good at demonstrating why the relationship is doomed.
60
TV Guide Magazine
It may be an old story, but Berri draws fresh poignancy from this December-May romance by identifying so empathetically with Jacques.
60
Wall Street Journal
The effect is a haunting vision of neediness, age and rejection.
50
Dallas Observer
Although meant as a light comedy-drama in which both characters are sympathetic, The Housekeeper instead proves irritating.

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