Kathleen Murphy writes:
A feel-good flick that broke box-office records in France, The Intouchables boasts a natural-born movie star in Omar Sy, who's gifted with the kind of charisma and physical grace the camera loves and audiences are helplessly seduced by. That may account for his walking away with France's Best Actor César in a year when Jean Dujardin of The Artist won big everywhere else.
Sy's ebullient warmth plays well with the more contained but no less charming François Cluzet, best known outside France for his own César-winning performance in 2006's twisted Hitchcockian thriller Tell No One. The two generate such fun and good will in this Gallic Driving Miss Daisy (or Trading Places, Scent of a Woman, ad nauseam) that you can almost forgive the film's breezy racial stereotyping, cheap comedy and phony-baloney attitudes toward art, culture, class, and quadriplegia. Almost.
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