Merci Docteur Rey
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After making a living by providing English subtitle translation to numerous French films, American filmmaker Andrew Litvack makes his debut as a writer/director with the Merchant Ivory production Merci Docteur Rey. Set in Paris, this farcical comedy involves the troubles of young gay man Thomas (Stanislas Merhar). First his opera diva mother, Elisabeth (Dianne Wiest), comes for a visit and she doesn't know he's gay. When he accepts a blind date with someone from an online chat room, he ends up witnessing a murder and possibly discovering the identity of his real father. Eventually he… More

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"A limp, smirky lark."
‑ Jessica Winter, Time Out
"Brainless and pointless."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"The grinding noises you hear are the gears of this labored French comedy straining to keep a ridiculously convoluted narrative moving along."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Merci for nothing, Docteur Rey."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"In this comedy of murder, there is exactly one laugh, involving a dress and wallpaper, which is one more than there is of a real human moment or emotion."
‑ Kim Williamson, Boxoffice Magazine
"The movie, written and directed by Andrew Litvack, a protégé of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, strains to be the ne plus ultra of arch, hyper-sophisticated fun, but the laughs are few."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Tries too hard to be madcap."
‑ Robert Dominguez, New York Daily News
"An arch, clumsy effort...not only poorly written but ineptly staged... Mercy!"
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"It's as if Litvack tossed all these bad gags, multiple storylines and kooky characters into a blender and hit puree."
‑ , E! Online
"There's much ado about very little in this flimsy, fallible Gallic comedy/melodrama which confounds with its complex, voyeuristic incongruity."
‑ Susan Granger,
"While the cast of Merci Docteur Rey gives it a good shot, this romp stumbles a bit."
‑ Angela Shah, Dallas Morning News
"This is less a coming-out tale than a showcase for late-middle- aged hysterical divas in flowing caftans to yell, scream and ride roughshod over the young homosexuals who are nominally the movie's center."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"Merci Docteur Rey, which occasionally works as a passable farce, stoops to the sight gag of vomit."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"What is all too apparent on the screen is a general pointless ineptitude, particularly dire in circumstances which require both material and handling to be done with the most effervescent of skill."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Lacks the sophistication it needs to be truly effective, hopelessly lost in its unfunny gags and weak plotting."
‑ Gabriel Shanks, Mixed Reviews
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