The French Minister
The French Minister (2014)

Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is tall and impressive, a man with style, attractive to women. He also happens to be the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the land of enlightenment: France. With his silver mane and tanned, athletic body, he… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 28, 2014
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

There are enough moments of inspired lunacy to make this worthwhile.

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Mark Jenkins

In the first comedy of a 40-year career that includes A Sunday in the Country and The Princess of Montpensier, director and co-writer Bertrand Tavernier tries to do too much.

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Peter Galvin

I think what I liked best is the way that Tavernier makes the film about Arthur's sentimental education and the universal tendency to dismiss politics as a triumph of style over substance.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

The films of Bertrand Tavernier have often been fringed with humor, of a rueful kind; now, in his seventies, and in a rousing rebuke to tranquillity, he has turned to farce.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

It's pleasant, and at times very funny, but the meandering episodes mean that despite the long running time, the satire never builds to a payoff.

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Tom Clift
Concrete Playground

What the film is really missing, though, is a character like Malcolm Tucker. Without an angry Scotsman threatening to punch people into paralysis, the humour feels decidedly toothless.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Mr. Tavernier's filmmaking here is loose, almost casual, and you may not always notice what he's doing with the camera as he frames the ministry's choreographed chaos with its whirling people and parts.

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Chris Packham
Village Voice

Mannered and often very funny, it's kind of like what an Iannucci production would be if all his characters suffered from the behavioral effects of toxoplasmosis - really, really French, in other words.

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Steve Newall

If you're not looking for something that puts politics to the sword, but merely uses it to provide a backdrop for some gently prodding humour,The French Minister will provide a chuckle or two.

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Daniel Perry
Saw the world premiere at TIFF this year and nearly died laughing. A must for In the Loop and Yes Minister fans. Full review coming soon.