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Valentin (also known as And Now...Ladies and Gentleman) is directed by Claude Lelouch and features Jeremy Irons as Valentin, a criminal mastermind whose jewel-stealing business, despite having made him rich, does not offer him much room for personal growth. Hoping to find meaning for his existence, Valentin buys a boat and sets off on a one-man sailing trip around the world, with the police at his heels. At the same time, a burned-out jazz singer named Jane (Patricia Kaas) is in Morocco trying to forget an ill-fated love affair. Valentin, after being struck by a serious illness, makes an… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A good-looking but slim confection that's short on the multi-characterisation and sense of entwined destinies that mark the great Lelouch sagas."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"The movie is overcrowded with ideas, any one of which might have made a fun premise. Put them all together and the result is just plain silly."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Lelouch isn't interested in anything so pedestrian as plausible narrative.... some people want to fill the world with silly love songs."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Because the majority of scenes are drawn out and obviously improvised, this disjointed and rambling confection will have limited appeal to others."
‑ Kent Turner,
"This is like a collection of the best moments from Claude Lelouch's filmography -- with bits and pieces joyously borrowed from his films from the 1970s and '80s, when he was at his most prolific and ingenious."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"According to common usage, the French word stupide comes closer to silly than to dumb, which is how I might rationalize my affection for this harebrained, obvious, but euphoric tale."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A beautifully crafted meditation on memory, fate, coincidence and yearning."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Lelouch's wink at the viewer, his gentle undermining of the illusion of the dramatic unity of time and place, playfully tweaks the film's fundamental project of connection."
‑ Chris Elliot, PopMatters
"rambling and far too long"
‑ Christopher Null,
"The most sophisticated love story since In the Mood for Love, The House of Mirth and The English Patient."
‑ Jon Lap, Apollo Guide
"You'll either like this soaringly daft confection, even as it aggravates you with its self-absorption, or you won't. I did."
‑ Mary Brennan, Seattle Times
"It's silly the way hope, optimism and love are silly: silly and rather wonderful."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's ludicrous."
‑ Tony Medley,
"Lelouch ... assuring he doesn't fully lose his audience by the convolutions of the mind, still actively takes part in putting up a fog screen as to avoid total comprehension."
‑ Greg Muskewitz,
"... simply abstract, substituting romantic gesture for romance and gluing scenes together with vague emotional logic and silky style."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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