Merci Docteur Rey
Merci Docteur Rey (2002)

Andrew Litvack's farce Merci Docteur Rey stars Stanislas Merhar as Thomas, a young man who is just starting to embrace his homosexuality as his opera singer mother (Dianne Wiest) visits. Answering an intriguing personal ad, Thomas hides… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: October 13, 2002
DVD Release Date: August 9, 2005
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Consensus: This overly wacky farce strains for sophistication but lacks polish and a coherent narrative.

Jessica Winter
Time Out

A limp, smirky lark.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Brainless and pointless.

TV Guide

The grinding noises you hear are the gears of this labored French comedy straining to keep a ridiculously convoluted narrative moving along.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

The movie, written and directed by Andrew Litvack, a protégé of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, strains to be the ne plus ultra of arch, hyper-sophisticated fun, but the laughs are few.

Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News

Tries too hard to be madcap.

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Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

An arch, clumsy effort...not only poorly written but ineptly staged... Mercy!

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Angela Shah
Dallas Morning News

While the cast of Merci Docteur Rey gives it a good shot, this romp stumbles a bit.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

This is less a coming-out tale than a showcase for late-middle- aged hysterical divas in flowing caftans to yell, scream and ride roughshod over the young homosexuals who are nominally the movie's center.

Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Merci Docteur Rey, which occasionally works as a passable farce, stoops to the sight gag of vomit.

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