Boudu Saved From Drowning (Bondé sauvé des eaux) Reviews

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Top Critic
Pauline Kael
New Yorker
August 29, 2012
A beautifully rhythmed film that makes one nostalgic for the period when it was made.
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
December 16, 2010
It's hard to imagine cinema without Boudu Saved From Drowning.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Freedman
Radio Times
December 16, 2010
It's a neat idea, executed to fine comic effect thanks mainly to a larger-than-life performance from the great French character actor, Michel Simon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leo Robson
Financial Times
December 15, 2010
There is an ingenious performance from Michel Simon as the libidinous tramp and many entertaining comic touches.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
December 15, 2010
This deliciously subversive 1932 social comedy kicked off Jean Renoir's greatest period.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
William Thomas
Empire Magazine
December 13, 2010
Tier two Renoir, but well worth hunting down, not least for Michael Simon's mighty Catweazle beard.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 12, 2009
The film needs no justification outside itself as a rich, funny, rewarding experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
May 9, 2007
Amid the early-talkie crudeness you can see Renoir discover what it means to visually evoke the unpredictable flow of life with composition, movement, and depth.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 30, 2006
This social comedy is another masterpiece from Renoir.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The most startling thing about Boudu is just how incredibly fresh it remains.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
December 31, 2005
This film from 1932 shows Renoir's gift for storytelling and comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Dawson
BBC.com
December 27, 2005
Boudu Saved From Drowning is one of Jean Renoir's most enjoyable films. Its wit, freshness and spontaneity continue to impress.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
August 24, 2005
Even enterprise without state can be amply rewarded in the films of Renoir.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 22, 2005
Recognized for its marvelous characterizations, its splendid acting and its inventive film technique.
Full Review | Original Score: B+

Film4
May 24, 2003
It offers the perfect vehicle for Simon's scabrous, primal energies.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
One of Renoir's very best films.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Jean Renoir's effortless 1932 masterpiece is as informal, beguiling, and subversive as its eponymous hero.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 18, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 25, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
October 31, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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