As a cinematic confection from one of the masters, it's cotton candy, evaporating before it ever gets good.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
unfunny and unthrilling
| Original Score: 2/5
This is one of Chabrol's poorer films.
| Original Score: C-
A failed attempt at frivolity.
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.
A hit and miss bag of cosmopolitan wit.
| Original Score: 3/5
This is a piece of fluff that dissolves like a sugar cube as you watch it.
Chabrol's plot is silly, wholly unbelievable even for light fare, and downright confounding.
Chabrol's 50th film, made with the practiced ease of a master.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Deftly mixes humor and suspense in equal measure.
Trust no one. Suspect everyone. It will still have one more angle to unfold that you will not anticipate.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
Illustrates the way that comedy is serious business, divulging remarkable intelligence to viewers about the human condition.
| Original Score: 8/10
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
| Original Score: 4.5/5
It is played out with style and wit, with a pair of winning performances from the leads.
The ambiguous pairing of Victor (Serrault) and Betty (Huppert) is both comfortable and playful.
It's a fluffy, good-natured exercise in style that succeeds just fine, but doesn't leave you wanting any more.