L' Homme du Train (The Man on the Train)
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L' Homme du Train (The Man on the Train)
Two men from two different walks of life develop an unexpected friendship in French director Patrice Leconte's 2002 comedy-drama The Man on the Train. Weary from his trip and in anticipation of the heist he's about to perform, Milan (French rock star Johnny Hallyday) steps off the train after arriving in the small town where he's to meet his co-conspirators and heads straight to the town pharmacy. After accidentally buying the wrong product, Milan makes the acquaintance of retired teacher Manesquier (Jean Rochefort), who offers to help the traveler and then promptly begins talking… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Each actor comes to perfectly embody his character."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"It is a perfected fable flashing across a screen."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Laconte's direction is calculative all the way, but his telling fails to register very much."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"An exceptionally crafted western dream."
‑ Mark Sells, Oregon Herald
"It's a poetic and keenly observed story."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Patrice Leconte's fanciful odd-couple drama oozes flavorful, provincial atmosphere."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"The actors couldn't be more perfect."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"A bizarre yet touching tale of gangster and recluse finding in each other something they lack, the film definitely warrants a look."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Thought-provoking, tender and funny, far better than your average 'one last score' film."
‑ Kurt Dahlke, Apollo Guide
"Lacking the sweep of The Widow of St. Pierre and the audacity of The Girl on the Bridge, here Leconte seems to be working on a character sketch..."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"Under Leconte's artful direction, a believable bond develops between the men, each envious of the direction the other's life has taken."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The movie has the kind of texture and depth that will make true movie-lovers sigh with the pure cinematic, human grace of it all."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"You get the feeling you are watching the adaptation of a classic novel, when in fact the script is an original work of impressive poetry and unpredictable dialogue..."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Although Leconte leads his characters to a baffling conclusion, he creates a satisfying portrayal of two old would-be cowboys heading for what could be the last roundup"
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Bleak, blue lighting and washed out colours emphasise the wintriness of the tale; but there isn't nearly enough dramatic conflict to sustain this to feature length."
‑ Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
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