In the National Post, categorizing the retrograde in the world, in a review
of Denys Arcand's The Fall of the American Empire
If only Arcand could get out of his own way, settling for having made a modestly charming genre thriller rather than a stilted message movie about the world today. The old-fashioned subplot involving the sex-worker-with-a-heart-of-gold plot and Pierre-Paul’s inability to cite a single philosopher more recent than Heidegger are just two of the earliest signs that Arcand is stuck in the past, despite his interest in saying something significant about the present.
Note to filmmakers: Insert Zizek for contemporary cred.