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Love Me If You Dare(Jeux d'enfants)

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France, Belgium · 2003
Rated R · 1h 33m
Director Yann Samuell
Starring Guillaume Canet, Marion Cotillard, Thibault Verhaeghe, Joséphine Lebas-Joly
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance

Best friends Julien and Sophie continue the odd game they started as children – a fearless competition to outdo one another with daring and dangerous stunts. While they often act out to relieve each other’s pain, the pair slowly realize that their game might be a way to avoid their true feelings.

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Village Voice by

The movie's hyperactivity eventually yields to such revelations as Life Isn't a Game and The Biggest Dare Is Love, but the ultimate measure of its conventionality is its soundtrack.


L.A. Weekly by Ella Taylor

The rueful ghost of François Truffaut hovers over writer-director Yann Samuell's wonderfully capricious tale of Gallic lovers with no idea of when to say finis.


New York Daily News by Jack Mathews

A perversely dark romantic comedy shot and edited in the contemporary fairy-tale style of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's "Amélie." But this one has a dagger for a heart.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

If you like romantic movies but find Hollywood's increasingly sterile formulas to be a poisonous bore, Love Me if You Dare offers an antidote.


The A.V. Club by Keith Phipps

The film's attempts at meaning do it in. The longer it goes on and the darker it grows, the further it drifts from any kind of human experience, outside of its protagonists' particular flavor of madness.


Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

The film is loaded with striking visuals, high energy and all-stops portrayals from its actors, but for all of Samuell's imaginative cinematic bravura, it is, finally, mainly exasperating. Phooey on Julien and Sophie's excruciating l'amour fou.


Variety by Lisa Nesselson

Valiant attempt to create a modern fairytale ends up being frustratingly creepy instead of haunting and memorable.


Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman

The award for the most annoying character to appear in a movie so far this year turns out to be a tie: It goes to both of the oh-so-swankly tormented romantic mischief makers of Love Me if You Dare.

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