The Names of Love
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Young extrovert Baya Benmahmoud lives by this classic motto: "Make love, not war." In order to convert them to her cause, she sleeps with her political enemies - which means a lot of men, because every conservative is her enemy. So far, she's gotten good results. Until she meets Arthur Martin, 40-something. She figures that with such a common name (there are more than 10,000 Arthur Martins in France), he's bound to be a real conservative and thus hard to convert. Yet, names are treacherous and things aren't always what they seem. Bahia and Arthur are as different as two… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's a taste of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Something Wild" "Forces of Nature" and even "Bringing Up Baby," perhaps the best of the wild child-seduces-straight arrow romances."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The elements of sex, race and religion spin in separate orbits, but the two likable leads hold them together as the film grows surprisingly serious."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"An edgy French twist on the old Hollywood "meet cute" romance."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"The far-left lead character in The Names of Love is so enchanting even Rush Limbaugh would give her the time of day."
‑ Christian Toto, What Would Toto Watch?
"Any movie that can wring hilarity out of a scene in which the heroine keeps making inadvertent Holocaust references has to be doing something right."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"It's always entertaining, and it boasts a terrific performance from Sara Forestier."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"It's all put across with such energy and good spirits that it feels brand new. If you don't enjoy this one, you don't like fun."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It's a credit to the talents of his cast as well as to Leclerc's ability to juggle comedy and drama that The Names of Love manages to be so winning a concoction."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"What is so surprising -- even exhilarating -- about The Names of Love is that it shucks off the desultory roadblocks that engine the modern romantic comedy."
‑ Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
"A modest bit of fun."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"A bit jarring while still totally disarming, The Names of Love stirs the pot in more ways than one."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"It's a playfully sexy farce that plays like a Gallic "Annie Hall" - if Annie had been as blithe about nudity as Baya is."
‑ Mark Jenkins, Washington Post
"Your name is your destiny ... but not always"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"It's a familiar story, but one that Leclerc tells with a lot of energy and ingenuity."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"It's commendable to want to mix serious ideas and emotional complexity into a light comedy, but you need to have a point that goes deeper than "bigotry is bad.""
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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