(2013)

Critic Reviews

73

Metascore

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100
They are two intelligent, sophisticated people searching for the spicy condiment they need to keep their relationship fresh during a bittersweet weekend in Paris, and, like the film that frames them, they are smart, substantial and enchanting.
91
Michell's handling of the relationship between the two is touching in how little judgment he passes.
88
Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan are superb as the couple, who use the occasion to drop bombs on each other.
88
When Michell is on his game, as he definitely is with Le Week-End, he unearths small, invaluable and even profound truths about the human condition that are often as inspiring as they are devastating.
80
Make room for the modest but affecting pleasures of veteran actors tearing into the subject of golden-years resignation.
80
A smart, ardent, profound movie.
80
Bittersweet, charming yet often very thorny.
80
The film is imbued with an engaging mix of warmth and prickliness by the lovely, lived-in performances of Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan.
80
Sophisticated, sharp and funny, Le Week-End achieves an unusual coup: it's a film about two older characters that is neither deeply gloomy (like, say, Amour) nor twinkly and cheerily upbeat.
80
For all its flaws - in fact, perhaps because of them - Le Week-End is a work borne from, and provoking, real feeling.
80
The result? An accomplished, bittersweet drama that's more bitter than sweet.
80
It's lightly played, often very funny and shot all over Paris with energy and wit, and boosted by superb, inquiring turns from Broadbent and Duncan.
75
Goldblum is always best at being Jeff Goldblum, and his oily/silky charm tends to unbalance the neat, brittle little tragedy we're watching.
75
This film doesn't feel obliged to pick a winner or lob easy answers; it aims to observe, with humor and humanity, with penetration and without oversimplifying.
75
This late adulthood lark is a treat.
75
Both keenly calculated and flowing with offbeat, naturalistic detail, Hanif Kureishi's jewel of a script reflects his sensibilities as a playwright.
60
Screenwriter Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette, Sammy And Rosie Get Laid) sometimes overdoes the emotional-seesaw routine... But director Roger Michell (who's previously worked with Kureishi on The Mother, Venus, and the miniseries The Buddha Of Suburbia) maintains a slightly jagged rhythm that proves disarming, and he has two magnificent collaborators in Broadbent and Duncan.
60
Writer / director team Kureishi and Michell add to their partnership with an insightful look at life-long commitment.
50
The main - and for my money only - attraction in Le Week-End, which was directed by Roger Michell, is the marvelous Scottish actress Lindsay Duncan. She is witty, fiercely intelligent and intensely sexy in the role of Meg, a woman stuck in a failing marriage.

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