Les poupées russes 2005

Critics score:
72 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: [Xavier] turns this film into more of a self-fixated memoir, less of a blithe ensemble piece. Read more

New York Magazine/Vulture: As energetic as the original and light as a feather. Read more

Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times: It's an effortlessly charming ensemble, and Klapisch's characters (most of them anyway) reveal depths of feeling that compensate for the film's lightweight tone and too-long running time. Read more

Noel Murray, AV Club: In small, insightful, and charmingly illustrated moments, Klapisch shows he has something real to say about what makes a life successful. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: Klapisch has made something deliciously close to a nature documentary about the young, the foolish, and the alive. Read more

Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times: The early 30s crisis certainly looks more tenable if it's unfolding among several European capitals, but the movie lacks the specificity and focus of the first. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: Intentional or not, many of Klapisch's tricks frustrate our connection to the characters, especially Xavier. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: Klapisch, who digitally divides frames into collages of memory, is perfectly in tune with our era's cynical freedoms. Read more

Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly: Precisely observed, charming and -- for better and worse -- light as air. Read more

Marta Barber, Miami Herald: The cast of renegades is as appealing as ever. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: Less, however, would have been considerably more. Read more

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News: Meandering, overlong digital soap opera. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: For those who saw and loved L'Auberge Espagnole, Russian Dolls automatically becomes of interest, but writer-director Cedric Klapisch can't quite make the case for it as a stand-alone experience. Read more

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Lisa Nesselson, Variety: As the overlong pic wears on, it's hard to care whether the puzzle pieces of the protags' lives fall into place or not. Read more

Bill Gallo, Village Voice: Those who loved the original Auberge will likely be eager to book rooms once again. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: Fluffily enjoyable. Read more