The Decline of the American Empire (Le Déclin de l'Empire Américain)
The Decline of the American Empire (Le Déclin de l'Empire Américain) (1986)

A rousing "he said/she said" endeavor, The Decline of the American Empire begins by separating the boys from the girls. Preparing a gourmet dinner, four male intellectuals begin trading stories of their sexual experiences. At the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 19, 1986
DVD Release Date: October 5, 2004
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Katherine Monk

Arcand's chatty examination of a group of middle-aged intellectuals brought a hint of Woody Allen to the wilds of the Canadian film landscape, eclipsing linguistic politics with sex, and successfully reframing the next generation's existential crisis...

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

instead of being wickedly funny, it's repellent before becoming a total snore

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Asks all the right questions about the sexual revolution and makes some interesting connections between eros and middle age.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

What Arcand has devised is a kind of Nia Vardalos movie in tenured-faculty clothing: Our Big Fat Bourgeois Salon ... It trades only the crudest ironies and screenwriting mechanics.

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Emanuel Levy

Subtle and wittty in discussing sexual politics in the academic world, Denis Arcand's film deservedly won the Oscar for Foreign Film in 1986.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

There's very little plot in Decline of the American Empire...but when the dialogue is this good and the characters this compelling, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

As a movie with a lot of clever talk about sex and love, this is pretty good. As a movie about the decline of the American empire it pales in comparison to the real thing.

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Christopher Null

Give Empire credit for giving Woody Allen a run for his money in '86, but its force has all but vanished today.

Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Através de suas conversas casuais (embora com efeitos estudados), os personagens deste filme estabelecem um vivo retrato das relações humanas - especialmente do sexo, claro.

Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Funny and intelligent view of the war between men and women, that grow for a much more hard subjects like: family, death, infidelity and etc.
Alec Barniskis
Its like "The Big Chill" in many respects except its in French and the characters have far more interesting things to say. I think the observations on… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic][color=red]"The Decline of the American Empire" is a Canadian movie directed by Denys Arcand("Jesus of Montreal") about… More
Brian R
I happened to see this picture again on the CBC and it's a bit humourous and a bit depressing(a twist occurs during the last act of the picture when an… More
Mark Abell
A sad little film about a group of University professors, their wives, and friends who espouse typical '80s views on sex and love. The men share several… More
alan jay
All talk and very little action! The topic is sex, but this group of intellectuals are more apt to be fooling themselves by sleeping with one another in… More