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: March 21, 2014
DVD Release Date: July 28, 2014
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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

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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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Robert Koehler
Cinema Scope

Thierry Lhermitte plays this verbose, preening idiot with a determination that becomes grating.

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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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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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Susan Wloszczyna

Maybe the problem is that Tavernier has made a French comedy-but not a very universal one.

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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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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
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.
Jesse Ortega
Somehow, this film reminds me of a French version of In The Loop. I don't think this film comes close to that, but I'm somewhat reminded of it. I… More