Aanrijding in Moscou 2008

Critics score:
92 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: The way Belgian actress Barbara Sarafian plays the opening sequence you're not sure if you're entering a tragedy, or a tragicomedy, or what. The film turns out to be "or what." It's also worth seeing. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: A splendid little offbeat love story, Moscow, Belgium is a near-quintessential foreign art-house film: smart, sweet, intriguing, well-made and emotionally familiar while still unique. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: Directed by Christophe Van Rompaey, this Belgian comedy suffers from the fact that its mismatched lovers are so consistently unpleasant. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: The movie just can't decide whether it likes romance or disdains it, whether it wants to be dark or bright. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Nothing will ever be easy for any of these characters, and that is why we care about them so. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: Perhaps I am being too hard on "Moscow, Belgium," which at worst is inoffensive. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: Emotions run deep but are never overdone. Read more

V.A. Musetto, New York Post: A pleasing alternative to the season's Oscar-baiting movies. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Moscow, Belgium is a romantic comedy with a different flavor. Although it follows many of the familiar patterns that characterize movies of this genre, it does enough things differently to allow it to step outside of the norm. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Notice how deeply the director, Christophe van Rompaey, has drawn us into these lives, how much we finally care, and with what sympathy all the actors enter into the enterprise. Read more

Justin Berton, San Francisco Chronicle: Few films tackle the question of whether a man with a history of domestic violence can learn to love again -- and fewer still do it in a subtly comedic and charming way. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: A romantic drama, interwoven with bright ribbons of humor. Read more

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: As Matty, Sarafian is a marvel as she changes from a gray moth to a girlish butterfly, and Delnaet is delightful as the slightly dangerous Johnny. Read more

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Jordan Mintzer, Variety: Packed with plenty of drama, laughs and sentimental charm. Read more

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Nicolas Rapold, Village Voice: We're not talking the Dardennes brothers here, but fellow Belgian Christophe Van Rompaey gives this light May-to-December pair-up an agreeably mussed, pedestrian milieu. Read more

John Anderson, Washington Post: Director Christophe Van Rompaey has a script, of course, but much of what comes across so eloquently in this Flemish comedy of ill-manners is wordless. Read more