The Decline of the American Empire (Le Déclin de l'Empire Américain)
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The Decline of the American Empire (Le Déclin de l'Empire Américain)
A rousing "he said/she said" endeavor, The Decline of the American Empire begins by separating the boys from the girls. Preparing a gourmet dinner, four male intellectuals begin trading stories of their sexual experiences. At the same time, four well-read women, all working out in a gym, exchange their own tales from the love front. The film is set in the lofty circles of academia, a world well known to Canadian director Denys Arcand. The anecdotes related herein are based on actual events in the lives of Arcand's professorial friends. There's nothing bookish, however, about… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What Arcand has devised is a kind of Nia Vardalos movie in tenured-faculty clothing: Our Big Fat Bourgeois Salon ... It trades only the crudest ironies and screenwriting mechanics."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Subtle and wittty in discussing sexual politics in the academic world, Denis Arcand's film deservedly won the Oscar for Foreign Film in 1986."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"There's very little plot in Decline of the American Empire...but when the dialogue is this good and the characters this compelling, that's not necessarily a bad thing."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"As a movie with a lot of clever talk about sex and love, this is pretty good. As a movie about the decline of the American empire it pales in comparison to the real thing."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Give Empire credit for giving Woody Allen a run for his money in '86, but its force has all but vanished today."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Através de suas conversas casuais (embora com efeitos estudados), os personagens deste filme estabelecem um vivo retrato das relações humanas - especialmente do sexo, claro."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"instead of being wickedly funny, it's repellent before becoming a total snore"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Asks all the right questions about the sexual revolution and makes some interesting connections between eros and middle age."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Arcand's message might not be the happy, happy, joy, joy we have come to expect from our movies but he does shed some truth, no matter how hard it might be to digest."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views