Poison Friends (Les Amities malefiques)
Poison Friends (Les Amities malefiques) (2006)

Eloi and Alexandre meet Andre on the first day of the academic year. Seduced by his cool behavior, charisma and intelligence, they easily fall prey to his charm. Andre offers them friendship and mentoring in return for a pledge of loyalty.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 17, 2007
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A sharp examination of university life, Poison Friends is a psychological drama with a wry edge.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

[Emmanuel Bourdieu] turns a standard coming-of-age premise -- four young literary scholars compete for recognition at a Paris university -- into a biting academic fable.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

While the young people chatter about life and literature with sometimes overbearing self-satisfaction, the astute filmmaker observes their pretentious gum-flapping with a mixture of amusement, compassion, and wised-up rue.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A much too tidy insightful clinical tale about students dealing with academic life and the pains of growing up.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Poison Friends is at once a sly satire on the pretensions and aspirations of academia and an intellectual suspense-thriller that builds and builds but never loses credibility.

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David Fear
Time Out New York

Turgid ivory-tower drama.

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Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

There are some schematics at work in the screenplay, but the film proves to be an entertaining, if frustrating, experience.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

It's intellectual without being dry, dramatic without bombast, smart without posturing.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

If you don't take anything Andre says seriously, there is a wicked sense of fun about it, and you may even see a little of yourself in one of the characters.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

This clever little film explodes conceptions and presents a good argument for the ends justifying the means.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
William Dunmyer
[size=3][color=black]Poison Friends, a new French film, isn't very good, but there's something compelling in its story. Perhaps a better filmmaker… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Poison Friends", Andre Morney(Thibault Vincon) is the coolest of intellectual cats holding sway over his friends and fellow… More
alan jay
Halfway interesting story about a trio of classmates, where one domineers the other two but ultimately his bravado and ego prove to be his downfall. Fine… More