General consensus: three
stars. Ebert 3/4, Berardinelli 3.5/4, Entertainment Weekly
B, BBC 4/5. Berardinelli picked it in his Top 10 of 2002.
summary. 78% positive, average 6.9/10.
78% of the reviews were positive, but the dissents were very
strong dissents. Jonathan Foreman of the NY Post gave it one
star, as did reel.com. Filmcritic.com said only two stars
out of five.
- Considering that it is a subtitled
musical, it grossed a respectable $3 million in the USA. It
was a solid hit in France, with a $19 million gross in that
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unappealing across-the-board, but technically
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Based on this description,
I say it is a C+ (assuming you don't speak
French). Very original concept with a
great cast and colorful photography, but it's a musical revue in
French with subtitles, so it's only for a very tiny target audience.
I wasn't much impressed with the music at all (I'm being charitable
- it's awful, but I think it is deliberately bad - a bit of tongue
in cheek campiness used to make fun of overproduced musicals), but
it's an entertaining farce if you can laugh at lines written in
subtitles, and actually a pretty good whodunit underneath the jokes.
Probably a B for French speakers, since it was nominated for 12
Cesars and also did well at the box office.