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Rien ne va plus (The Swindle)

Rien ne va plus (The Swindle) (1997)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 2

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The 50th film from legendary French New Wave writer and director Claude Chabrol is a typically Hitchcockian comic thriller about a pair of con artists. Up to now, the duo of Betty (Isabelle Huppert) and Victor (Michel Serrault) have contented themselves to small scams at hotel conventions, such as spiking the drink of a gambler, then rolling him for his winnings after he follows the flirtatious Betty back to his room and passes out. It then develops that, for the past year, without telling

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A work of superb yet unpretentious film craftsmanship by a past master and an impeccable cast and crew.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Even when it threatens to sink into the familiar mechanics of a double-dealing heist story, Chabrol keeps curiosity piqued, the actors delightful and the outcome in sufficient question.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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A failed attempt at frivolity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Like The Grifters and Bound, The Swindle succeeds because, in addition to telling an engaging crime story with vivid characters, it never takes itself too seriously.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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This is a piece of fluff that dissolves like a sugar cube as you watch it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:
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Chabrol's 50th film, made with the practiced ease of a master.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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As a cinematic confection from one of the masters, it's cotton candy, evaporating before it ever gets good.

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source:

unfunny and unthrilling

August 22, 2006 Full Review Source:

The Swindle might not be a deep film, but it makes no missteps in showing us the steps these two small time crooks take as they attempt to pull off a big time con.

July 29, 2002 Full Review Source:

Você pode até não rir durante a projeção, mas sairá do cinema com um sorriso de lado, admirado com a esperteza - e falta de escrúpulos - daquele casal tão simpático.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

It's another wickedly humorous psychological thriller that provides a showy part for [Chabrol's] favorite star, Isabelle Huppert.

April 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Deftly mixes humor and suspense in equal measure.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

This is one of Chabrol's poorer films.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Chabrol's plot is silly, wholly unbelievable even for light fare, and downright confounding.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A hit and miss bag of cosmopolitan wit.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Pleases the eye without ever awakening the mind, offering a delicately told tale of intrigue and corruption without ever awakening the basic human passions which are supposedly its subject.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper
Philadelphia City Paper

While the film's leisurely pace makes some of the more dramatic scenes seem a little flat, the talented cast ultimately overcomes the film's shortcomings.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Illustrates the way that comedy is serious business, divulging remarkable intelligence to viewers about the human condition.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Compuserve

Trust no one. Suspect everyone. It will still have one more angle to unfold that you will not anticipate.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

It's a fluffy, good-natured exercise in style that succeeds just fine, but doesn't leave you wanting any more.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for Rien ne va plus (The Swindle)

Light, sympathetic mildly twisted, cynic and amusing film from the french master of intrigue Claude Chabrol.
January 28, 2008

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One of the better Chabrol thrillers of the 80s/90s thanks to it's sly humour and performance by Isabelle Huppert.
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