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God Is Great, I'm Not

Released Nov 8, 2002 1h 42m Drama List
28% Tomatometer 25 Reviews 37% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings
A troubled woman (Audrey Tautou) wants to convert to Judaism after sleeping with a Jewish veterinarian (Édouard Baer) 12 years her senior. Read More Read Less
God Is Great, I'm Not

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Silly and superficial, with annoying characters.

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J. R. Jones Chicago Reader The narrative is punctuated with title cards from the heroine’s diary, a pointless conceit...but the script makes some interesting observations about how people’s religious feelings are influenced by their relationships with their families... Aug 2, 2022 Full Review Ellen Fox Chicago Tribune You could watch a heroine barrel into a messy romance all day, provided that she's a lot less dopey than this, but few of Michele's foibles make us sympathize with her. Rated: 2/4 Jul 10, 2003 Full Review Matt Weitz Dallas Morning News Although God Is Great addresses interesting matters of identity and heritage, it's hard to shake the feeling that it was intended to be a different kind of film. Rated: C+ Feb 20, 2003 Full Review Jordan Hiller Bangitout.com Bailly intends to dissect the fragile psyche of a free spirited non-Jewish fashion model,but for me, the important subject of the film is Francois, a quasi-handsome Jewish veterinarian living in Paris, who has a latent but ongoing identity crisis. Rated: 3/4 Aug 18, 2009 Full Review Jules Brenner Cinema Signals There's much to criticize about this somewhat farcical romantic comedy, but the talent, beauty and pixieish whimsy of Audrey Tautou isn't one of them. Rated: 3/5 Jul 6, 2004 Full Review Christopher Null Filmcritic.com It's barely got enough material for a 24-minute episode of Friends, let alone enough juice to solve the mysteries of the universe. Rated: 3/5 Apr 30, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member It took a while to get into the pace and structure of this film as we are exposed to various snippets of these incredibly frustrating character's lives. I definitely enjoyed the second half of this movie more for what reason I'm not entirely sure although it would make sense that it was beacuase I was accustomed to the rhythm of the film and wanted to see what became of these two self involved characters. Not a charming or overly likeable french film but worth checking out if you enjoy Audrey in other films. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Moé ... vaut le coup d'oeil pour les prestations d'Audrey Tautou et Edouard Baer ... pas plus. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member The movie was watchable but that's the best thing that I can say about it! The ending was extremely random and this movie was just an unoriginal, obnoxious mess that relied on the performances of Audrey Tautou and Edouard Baer for success! Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member I had high hopes for this, as every Audrey Tatou film I have ever seen has been especially cute and quirky, but I still don't know what to make of this melange of artistic style and pretension. It's obviously trying to be a romantic comedy or at least an eccentric take on relationships, but it's simply just annoying. The premise of the film is that a lax Jew starts dating a seriously messed up woman who is trying to find herself through Buddhism, Catholicism, and finally Judaism. Eventually she becomes intense on the subject and wants him to re-experience his faith. This could have been fairly deep, but they try to work in so much more including abortion, attempted suicide, and life after love. It's a cacophony of Tatou's strange oddness and yet her perseverance to find some semblance in meaning when she does something she finds morally reprehensible. The beginning, that includes her breakdown and subsequent anxiety, worked really well and made me think the rest of the film would be deep and poignant. Instead it became a feeding frenzy for Edouard Baer's character and Tatou's to fall in love all the while fighting. Though they have this amazing chemistry that simply sizzles onscreen, their actual dialogue is so annoying and useless that I actually became enraged while reading the subtitles and listening to their whiny voices complain about each other's every flaw. The film incorporate chapters, highlighted with notepaper shots, and sometimes uses scenes in English. I suppose this was for a global market, but I don't see how a small film like this could have had any impact anyway. It's usually touted as a light romantic comedy but nothing about this is ever light. Everything is over the top and overly dramatic. The plot is so disjointed that I can't surely tell if what I'm seeing is the full timeline, or a memory, or this rambling set of events that make sense in this strange world they've created. The film ends with to be continued, but no sequel was made, and if they were going to leave it like that all along, it's just a lazy, empty gesture. I am so sad about this film; I may have to have faith in someone else. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member Meandering and not very interesting Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member God is Great, and I'm not is a great film about self-finding and the prospect of religion in relationships. Tautou carries this film so beautifully and masterfully that it would not be the same without her. Contrary to wide acclaim, this film is enjoyable and poignant. A great little foreign gem. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis A troubled woman (Audrey Tautou) wants to convert to Judaism after sleeping with a Jewish veterinarian (Édouard Baer) 12 years her senior.
Director
Pascale Bailly
Producer
Alain Sarde, Georges Benayoun
Screenwriter
Pascale Bailly, Alain Tasma
Distributor
Empire Pictures
Production Co
Paramount
Genre
Drama
Original Language
Canadian French
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 8, 2002, Original
Box Office (Gross USA)
$65.5K
Runtime
1h 42m
Sound Mix
Stereo, Surround