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The Witnesses Review

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4.5

Dave White Profile

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  • 4.0
    75

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The Witnesses doesn't pay off with a great operatic pinnacle, but it's better that way. Better to show people we care about facing facts they care desperately about, without the consolation of plot mechanics.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    The Witnesses forms a magnificent trilogy with "Son Frère" (2003), Patrice Chéreau's devastating account of fraternal devotion in the face of death, and the amazing, acerbic "Before I Forget," a brooding and bitter tale of survival coming soon from Jacques Nolot, here lending an iconic cameo as the proprietor of Manu's hooker hotel.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The Witnesses may frustrate those who prefer movies that tell clear-cut stories in which hard lessons are learned. But in the director’s farsighted vision of life, the ground under our feet is always shifting. As time pulls us forward, the shocks of the past are absorbed and the pain recedes. In its light-handed way, The Witnesses is profound.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    What the characters in The Witnesses -- and we, the audience -- pay testimony to in André Téchiné's urgent, compassionate, and ultimately optimistic French drama are the toll the epidemic has rung, and the responsibility of the living to choose life.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The Witnesses may be schematic, but it lets each character live and breathe. The film captures a time and place that seems very distant now.

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