The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch


    The staff of an American magazine based in France puts out its last issue, with stories featuring an artist sentenced to life imprisonment, student riots, and a kidnapping resolved by a chef.

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    • Benicio del ToroMoses Rosenthaler
    • Adrien BrodyJulian Cadazio
    • Tilda SwintonJ.K.L. Berensen
    • Léa SeydouxSimone
    • Frances McDormandLucinda Krementz
    • Timothée ChalametZeffirelli
    • Lyna KhoudriJuliette
    • Jeffrey WrightRoebuck Wright
    • Mathieu AmalricThe Commissaire
    • Steve ParkNescaffier


    • 100

      The Telegraph

      Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch feels like four films in one, and contains enough ideas for at least another six.
    • 100


      In the past, the director has been accused of making overly contrived dollhouse movies, and while he repeats many of his favorite tricks — toying with aspect ratios, centering characters in symmetric compositions, revealing a large building in intricate cross-section — this time it feels as if there’s a full world teeming beyond the carefully controlled edges of the frame.
    • 100


      The French Dispatch is a rocket ship ride to your cinematic soul, meshing word, action and vision in one glorious bon-bon that’s both sweet and savory.
    • 91

      The Playlist

      A work of such unparalleled Andersonian wit, that at times the sheer level of detail – mobile, static, graphic and typographic – that bedecked the screen was enough to make your correspondent’s jaw slacken. Which meant curtains for the carpet as I was smoking a cigarillo.
    • 83


      The result is an endearing and liberated explosion of Andersonian aesthetics that doesn’t always cohere into a satisfying package, but never slows down long enough to lose its engrossing appeal, and always retains its purpose.
    • 83

      The Film Stage

      It’s a real giddy rush of a film, perhaps not as fundamentally moving or sensitive at his top-drawer work, but taking his micromanagement-heavy film craft to noir-ish new peaks.
    • 80

      The Guardian

      It might not be at the very zenith of what he can achieve but for sheer moment-by-moment pleasure, and for laughs, this is a treat.
    • 79


      The result is hugely impressive and awfully scattershot, a wry piece of art that is always entertaining but also so excruciatingly detailed that you wonder if it will connect the way the more emotional, more fully drawn stories of “Grand Budapest,” “Moonrise Kingdom” or “The Royal Tenenbaums” did.

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