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Ranking All Of Director Arnaud Desplechin’s Movies

Arnaud Desplechin Filmography Movie Ranking Movies

“What are Arnaud Desplechin’s Best Movies?” We looked at all of Desplechin’s directed filmography and ranked them against one another to answer that very question!

We took all of the movies directed by Arnaud Desplechin and looked at their Rotten Tomato Critic, Rotten Tomato User, Metacritic, Metacritic User, IMDB, and Letterboxd scores, ranking them against one another to see which movies came out on top. The movies are ranked in our list below based on which movies have the highest overall score between all 6 review sites in comparison with all of the other movies by the same director. The process is all very scientific with no flaws at all.

The full ranking chart is also included below the countdown on the bottom of the page.

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The Top Film’s Of Arnaud Desplechin



11 ) Playing ‘In the Company of Men’ (2003)

 Playing 'In the Company of Men' (2003) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 11
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 8
  • Metacritic User Score: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 9
  • Letterboxd User Score: 10

Power and corruption—and the men who rule with them—are ruthlessly scrutinized in this multilayered French work set in a shadow realm of arms dealers and blood ties. Part Shakespearean family tragedy, part political noir, it recalls such American paranoid thrillers of the 1970s as All the President’s Men and Marathon Man, revealing protagonists who work in the shadows, the unseen kings of the contemporary jungle.

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10 ) The Beloved (2007)

 The Beloved (2007) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 8
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 8
  • Metacritic User Score: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 10

Arnaud Desplechin documents the selling of his family home.

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9 ) Ismael’s Ghosts (2017)

 Ismael's Ghosts (2017) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 5
  • Metacritic User Score: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

The film tells the tale of a widowed film director who is in the middle of making a film about an atypical diplomat inspired by his brother. While he has started a new life with Sylvia, he still mourns the death of a former lover, Carlotta, who passed away 20 years earlier; then Carlotta returns from the dead, causing Sylvia to run away.

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8 ) Jimmy P. (2013)

 Jimmy P. (2013) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 8
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 6
  • Metacritic User Score: 4
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 8

Adapted from the 1951 non-fiction account by psychoanalyst Georges Devereux, “Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian,” the film follows the true story of Picard (Del Toro), a Plains Indian of the Blackfeet nation, as he returns from WWII and begins experiencing unexplainable symptoms shortly thereafter. He travels to the famous Winter Hospital in Topeka, Kansas, where he meets Devereux (Amalric), thus beginning a professional and personal friendship guided by compassion and understanding of Native American culture.

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7 ) The Sentinel (1992)

 The Sentinel (1992) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 8
  • Metacritic User Score: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 6
  • Letterboxd User Score: 7

After spending some time with his diplomat father in Germany, a young French medical student returns by train to Paris to resume his studies. He is puzzled by the harsh treatment he receives from customs at the border but doesn’t begin to understand why until he gets home and discovers a mummified head in his luggage. He suspects that someone at customs put it there, but is not sure. Instead of reporting the meandering body part, he decides to investigate it using the tools he has as a medical student. It appears to be the head of a Russian who died somewhere in Asia.

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6 ) Esther Kahn (2000)

 Esther Kahn (2000) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 7
  • Metacritic User Score: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 6
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

A Jewish girl in 19th century London dreams of becoming a stage actress.

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5 ) The Life of the Dead (1991)

 The Life of the Dead (1991) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 1
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 8
  • Metacritic User Score: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 6

A young woman convenes with her extended family in a provincial village where her cousin, in a coma, is hospitalized after attempting suicide.

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4 ) My Sex Life… or How I Got Into an Argument (1996)

 My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument (1996) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 6
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 4
  • Metacritic User Score: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 3
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

Paul Dedalus is at a crossroads in his life. He has to make several decisions; should he complete his doctorate, does he want to become a full professor, does he really love his long-standing girlfriend, or should he re-start with one of his other lovers?

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3 ) My Golden Days (2015)

 My Golden Days (2015) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 1
  • Metacritic User Score: 3
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

Paul is preparing to leave Tajikistan, while thinking back on his adolescent years. His childhood, his mother’s madness, the parties, the trip to the USSR where he lost his virginity, the friend who betrayed him and the love of his life.

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2 ) A Christmas Tale (2008)

 A Christmas Tale (2008) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 2
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 4
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 2
  • Metacritic User Score: 2
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

When their regal matriarch falls ill, the troubled Vuillard family come together for a hesitant Christmastime reunion. Among them is rebellious ne’er-do-well Henri and the uptight Elizabeth. Together under the same roof for the first time in many years, their intricate, long denied resentments and yearnings emerge again.

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1 ) Kings and Queen (2004)

 Kings and Queen (2004) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 2
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 1
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 2
  • Metacritic User Score: 1
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

Nora Cotterelle, a woman in her 30s is caring for her ill father, Louis Jenssens. While Nora tries to present a facade that all is well with her life, she is twice divorced and has a son, Elias, whose father is dead. Nora’s present relationship is not going well, and she is soon to marry a businessman, while Elias is becoming increasingly withdrawn. A parallel storyline follows her former lover and second husband, Ismaël Vuillard, a musician, with whom she had lived for seven years. He is given to strange behaviour, and as a result he has been committed to a mental hospital, from which he is planning to escape. Nora learns that her father’s digestive problems are actually cancer, and facing her father’s death, Nora desperately seeks out Ismaël to ask that he reconnect with Elias, but he has mixed feelings about adopting her son. Moreover, he has met Arielle, another patient.

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Arnaud Desplechin’s Best Movies



Arnaud Desplechin Review Website Filmography Rankings

Film RT Critic RT User MC Critic MC User IMDB Letterboxd Overal Rank
Kings and Queen (2004) 2 1 2 1 1 1 1
A Christmas Tale (2008) 2 4 2 2 2 3 2
My Golden Days (2015) 1 7 1 3 4 4 3
My Sex Life… or How I Got Into an Argument (1996) 7 6 4 5 3 1 4
The Life of the Dead (1991) 7 1 8 5 4 6 5
Esther Kahn (2000) 6 5 7 5 6 4 6
The Sentinel (1992) 7 3 8 5 6 7 7
Jimmy P. (2013) 5 8 6 4 10 8 8
Ismael’s Ghosts (2017) 4 10 5 5 11 9 9
The Beloved (2007) 7 8 8 5 8 10 10
Playing ‘In the Company of Men’ (2003) 7 11 8 5 9 10 11

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