The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares)
The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares) (2003)

Director Denys Arcand revisits the situations and relationships that informed his international breakthrough The Decline of the American Empire with this dialogue-driven character study. Set 17 years after Decline, The Barbarian Invasions,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 21, 2003
DVD Release Date: July 13, 2004
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A moving and heart-felt film from director Denys Arcand.

Ted Shen
Chicago Reader

Despite an uneven cast, Arcand finds a tonal balance between sentimental and cynical that keeps the conversations real and heart wrenching.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A nicely balanced blend of sentiment and acrid wit.

Alexander Walker
London Evening Standard

It is a beauty. It blitzes all the phoniness, pretentiousness and political correctness around today, savages icons of popular and national culture, gives the finger to religious untouchables like Mother Theresa, and brought the house down.

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Lisa Nesselson

A full-bodied, funny and gloriously unpretentious ode to family, friendship and the meaning of life.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Arcand avoids the temptation of turning the story into a tear-jerker.

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Will Self
London Evening Standard

Arcand's own script is delightfully fluid, his direction poised.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Both the comedy and the weepy moments tend towards the trite, but the film is directed and performed with such brio and manipulative skill that one eventually succumbs to its somewhat dubious charms.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

If you haven't seen the original, which, if memory serves, was billed as 'The Big Chill with a doctorate,' no worries. Arcand's follow-up stands alone as a universal story of generational reconciliation.

Cole Smithey

"The Barbarian Invasions" is an intriguing meditation on the inevitable fall of ideologies under the pressure of nature's laws.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Much more moving and complex that the first picture, Danys Arcand bring these delight characters to the screen again, together with past, present and future sad… More
Jennifer Xu
The guy who played the son looked a LOT like Zach Braff. All the themes - whether concerning the culture clash between the liberal and conservative, or the… More
Kevin M. Williams
A French Canadian guy is dying slowly so his rich son sets it up so he goes out after his old friends party together one last time (like that Greek philosopher… More
Gordon Anderson
Full of gallic charm and wit with a stunning performance from Remy Girard
Daniel Perry
A truly outstanding film that leaves you with a great deal to digest. It does have its lulls, but the excellent acting and the double-edged sword that is… More
Sarah Gaish
Didn't find this funny at first but as the film progressed, I started to laugh. Particularly the character of remy and his view on life. the relationship… More