Owen Gleiberman
March 19, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Boarding Gate

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
106 minutes
Limited Release Date
03/21/08
performer
Asia Argento, Michael Madsen
director
Olivier Assayas
distributor
Magnet
author
Olivier Assayas
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a D+

The cult of Asia Argento has come down to her being worshipped by half a dozen film critics each year at Cannes. She’s like a dirty yet blank Uma Thurman who ”smolders” instead of acts. In Boarding Gate, Olivier Assayas’ lifeless corporate-erotic ”thriller,” she plays a bad girl who’s dissolute one moment and wields a handgun like Ms. 45 the next. The character makes no sense, and neither does the film, which has a few choice scenes with Michael Madsen as a financier smirking as he goes down in flames but otherwise never achieves the mod muddle of Assayas’ Demonlover. This one is just murk. D+

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