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Love and life pose dilemmas for a handful of friends in the City of Lights in this romantic drama from French filmmaker Cedric Klapisch. Pierre (Romain Duris) has enjoyed a successful career as a dancer performing in Parisian nightclubs, but when he's diagnosed with a serious heart condition, his doctor warns him that the strain of his work could kill him. Pierre must reinvent his life, and as he ponders his future and his mortality, he turns to his sister, Élise (Juliette Binoche), a social worker and single mother, for help. Élise is facing some life changes of her own; she's tired… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"When it comes to being a fool for love, there are no city limits."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Paris keeps us involved not because of momentous plot developments but because the production incites our curiosity to see what will happen next."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Paris suffers from a pervasively uneven sensibility that is, to an increasingly distressing degree, compounded by an overlong running time..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"When these Parisians actually do connect, the city's magic finally begins to shine. Binoche, in particular, positively glows when things finally go right for her. Still, such moments seem a long time coming, and often feel, well, a bit rushed."
‑ Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Overlong and with ambitions of grandeur, Cedric Klapisch's enjoyable Paris is an attempt at Trollopean social archaeology that's best received with a shrug and a smile."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Perhaps it's time for a moratorium on movies where the trajectories of various people intersect, often portentously, across the tableau of a big city."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Writer-director Klapisch's glossy love letter to Paris, and its yearning, beautifully lighted inhabitants, may not be much, and you may not even believe in its emotional and (discreet) carnal complications moment to moment. But the cast is fabulous."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Less a gourmet meal than a flaky pastry, Paris is a slight but sweet love letter to the urban life of the city of lights..."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"'Seize the Day.' That's the title of a song that plays during the end credits... It's also the trite message of this tedious tapestry-of-life ensemble piece, in which a prettily dying young man advises his man-less sister to 'take a chance on chance.'"
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"It may occasionally seem a little too facile, but all in all the movie scores more points than not and becomes a film of genuine merit."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The French director Cédric Klapisch is a glib wizard at weaving folks together, but there are too many secondhand characters roving through Paris, his latest ensemble piece."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Klapisch, who shoots Paris with the eye of someone rapturously in love with the town, is less interested in the reality than the romance."
‑ Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News
"Director Cédric Klapisch embraces Parisians' reputation for moroseness with a cast of melancholy, but passionate, characters."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Moving Pictures Magazine
"Despite some wonderful performances and memorable situations, writer-director Cédric Klapisch ('L'Auberge Espagnole') fails to recapture the warmth of his previous ensemble dramas."
‑ Dan Lybarger,
"You can't really argue with a film that tells us we should be good to one another, celebrates the importance of family and suggests we should live our lives to the fullest."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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