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Metascore

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88
New York Post
Includes insightful and often hilarious archival interviews with Langlois and dozens of associates, as well as wonderful footage of Langlois.
88
At a little over two hours, there's a lot of Langlois to digest. But cinephiles won't mind a bit: Richard includes tons of great anecdotes and clips from classic films that wouldn't exist if Langlois hadn't saved them.
80
Variety
A labor of love made over the course of seven years that crucially matches the energy and passion Langlois himself embodied, this deep-dish account of the life and times of the longtime head of the Cinematheque Francaise will enthrall buffs.
80
Mr. Richard's film makes a persuasive case for Langlois as one of the most important figures in the history of film and therefore in the history of 20th-century art.
80
Village Voice
While the astonishing street footage of "l'affaire Langlois"--perhaps more familiar to the French than to us--is where this exhaustive talking-heads portrait becomes beautifully, bafflingly surreal, the whole project, however conventional, has the allure of a communal embrace, a home movie of a motherland left irrevocably in the past.
80
The New Republic
Jacques Richard has fashioned an adoring tribute to this wonderfully maniacal man.
75
A treat for anyone who's passionate about films or who's ever wanted to learn more about them.
75
A sound piece of profiling that has miles of archival footage of the affable, pop-eyed Langlois enthusing.
70
The A.V. Club
Though Phantom Of The Cinematheque is fascinating throughout, Richard squanders a chance to recreate one of those long Parisian nights where Langlois held court for his fellow movie buffs.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
An inspirational film for cinephiles everywhere.

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