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Village Voice by
Mannered and often very funny.
New York Daily News by
Director Bertrand Tavernier’s amusing new political satire isn’t toothless, but it could use more bite.
New York Post by
Farran Smith Nehme
The conclusion feels too good-natured after nearly two hours of a minister who would need typed instructions to butter a baguette.
Slant Magazine by
With its broad performances, rapid-fire pacing, and rampant visual and verbal gags, Bernard Tavernier's first out-and-out comedy doesn't try too hard to hide its graphic-novel origins.
The New York Times by
Mr. Tavernier’s filmmaking here is loose, almost casual, and you may not always notice what he’s doing with the camera as he frames the ministry’s choreographed chaos with its whirling people and parts.
The French Minister boasts robust pacing, screwball-comedy banter and an exuberant central performance. For most American viewers, though, the movie could use footnotes to go with its subtitles.
The Dissolve by
[Lhermitte's] energetic performance is by far the best reason to see the film, which should probably have been directed by somebody else; Tavernier has little flair for comedy.
A sparkling and savvy comedy of political manners.
It is never a good situation when a subtitled foreign release is highly dependent on words to get its point across—especially when those words are supposed to make you laugh.
The Hollywood Reporter by
Quai d’Orsay zips along at a good clip and benefits from the gruffly benevolent gravity of Arestrup, which offsets the machine-gun pace set by Lhermitte.
A young woman makes a surprising discovery about the husband of her late best friend.