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75

Metascore

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90
L.A. Weekly
Testud, who learned to speak Japanese phonetically for the role, is nothing short of sublime, her expressive face morphing from tear-stained frustration to slaphappy delirium with the speed of lightning flashing across the Tokyo sky.
88
New York Post
Hilarious from first frame to last.
88
Amelie is utterly charming. And so, too, is the film.
80
Variety
Classy, funny cross-cultural adventure is Alain Corneau's most accomplished and entertaining film since 1991's "Tous les matins du monde."
80
Mr. Corneau, an eclectic director with a mildly perverse sensibility, turns the conflict of cultures into a psychodrama that is at once lighthearted and intense.
80
This quietly odd and hilarious tale is a bit like a Japanese version of the popular BBC comedy series "The Office" or perhaps the "Dilbert" comic strip at its peak.
75
New York Daily News
A marvelous cross between "Secretary" and "Lost in Translation."
70
A sleek and sublimely deadpan comedy of Japanese corporate manners.
63
The events in this film take place in the 1980s. Let's hope working conditions in Japan have "westernized."
40
Village Voice
A culture-clash comedy that takes the notion of Japanese otherness to ludicrous extremes.

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