Time Out (L' Emploi du temps)
Time Out (L' Emploi du temps) (2001)

French director Laurent Cantet's sophomore effort is a somber and complex meditation on work -- specifically, how work has become the defining feature of the contemporary individual as well as the quintessential symbol of quotidian… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 1, 2001
DVD Release Date: January 14, 2003
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A haunting psychological drama, Time Out takes a penetrating look at the angst of the modern worker.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Time Out is as serious as a pink slip. And more than that, it's an observant, unfussily poetic meditation about identity and alienation.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Human Resources was a good, straightforward tale, but Time Out is better. It's haunting. It's like a poem.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

engaging character study that probes far deeper than American films dare tread

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

The drama discloses almost nothing.

Susan Stark
Detroit News

Moody, reflective and acutely noticing, Time Out is less a drama than a cinematic essay about one man's experience in an era defined for professional and laborer by downsizing.

Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Laurent Cantet's sophomore film, a brilliant character study of the impact of unemployment on one ordinary man's life and personality, places him at the forefront of a new generation of exciting Gallic directors.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

What a modern horror story!

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Time Out is existential drama without any of the pretension associated with the term.

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Cantet takes his time, letting us become almost comfortable in Vincent's presence, then shocking us with the audacity of his lies.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
A beautiful, haunting piece of social realism, concerning an unemployed father who lies to his family about his new job, as well as to close friends who he… More
John Ballantine
A great French drama. Why do they have it listed as a documentary here? This thing isn't a damn documentary. Aurelien Recoing is fantastic as the man who… More
Stephen Earnest
The first hour of "Time Out" is the most involving portion of the film; after that, it settles into a pretty basic formula that's predictable yet… More