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Adopted, The (15)


The critical consensus

It pales in comparison to Julian Schnabel’s thematically linked, but far more bold and imaginative, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

**(*)(*)(*)Tom Dawson, The List, 24/01/2012

It’s glossy but saccharine, hammering home its coming-to-terms-with-life message as Laurent steers the story into contrived tragic waters.

**(*)(*)(*)Tom Dawson, Total Film, 17/02/2012

Mélanie Laurent's sweet but schmaltzy debut establishes her credentials as a capable director, and she does good work with old Inglourious Basterd Menochet, too. A word of warning: those with an aversion to the quirk of US indie filmmaking will feel its influence here.

***(*)(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 21/02/2012

The film is harmless, whimsical, a little long-winded.

***(*)(*)Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, 23/02/2012

The Adopted is not sugary exactly, but it has a self-consciousness and soft-focus whimsy that dilutes the flavour.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 23/02/2012

Mixed messages forge a forgettable outcome.

**(*)(*)(*)Omer Ali, Little White Lies, 23/02/2012

There are few things more soul-destroying than the movie which insists on how much you should love its characters.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 24/02/2012

It's a wispy, tasteful, mildly touching, very French affair.

Philip French, The Observer, 26/02/2012

The inconsistency of tone makes it tough to care.

Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 12/04/2012

Where and when?

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee from Monday March 5, 2012, until Thursday March 8, 2012. More info:

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