• Unrated, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Jean-Luc Godard
    In Theaters:
    Feb 7, 1961 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 20, 2001
  • Rialto Pictures

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Breathless (À bout de souffle) (By a Tether) Reviews

Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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January 14, 2011
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Breathless jumps to its own rhythm and pokes holes in its idols even as it worships them.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 5/5

August 20, 2010
Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com
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On its fiftieth birthday Breathless remains fresh and exciting, although its revolutionary approach has long since been absorbed into the mainstream, and the years do show on it a bit.

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August 4, 2010
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Even 50 years later, it's easy feel how vivid a game-changer Breathless must have been when it arrived.

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July 16, 2010
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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This movie liberated the cinema -- the stories you could tell and the ways you could tell them -- as clearly and cleanly as Picasso freed painting and the Sex Pistols rebooted rock.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 4/4

July 15, 2010
Sarah Kaufman
Washington Post
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Breathless has the proportions wrong. Too much rambling, too little point.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 9, 2010
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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If you've never seen Breathless, see it now -- but don't expect an easy ride. If you haven't seen it for ages, see it again and be surprised at the fresh reactions it provokes.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 5/5

June 24, 2010
Michael Phillips
At the Movies
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Breathless feels like it was [made] tomorrow.

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June 21, 2010
A.O. Scott
At the Movies
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It's like a bullet from the future of movies.

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June 21, 2010
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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One of the most famous and influential movies ever made.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 5/5

June 11, 2010
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
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Breathless makes alienation look like it was a lot more fun in 1960 than in the ponderous gravitas or ante-upping brutality of indie film today.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 26, 2010
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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If you miss out on this print, you are truly missing out on another life.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 5/5

May 26, 2010

Time Out
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The camera lavishes black-and-white love on Paris, strolling up the Champs-Elysées, edging across café terraces, sweeping over the rooftop skyline, Mozart mixing with cool jazz riffs in the night air.

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August 25, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Shot on a shoestring and none the worse for it, Jean-Luc Godard's gritty and engaging first feature had an almost revolutionary impact when first released in 1960.

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April 17, 2007

Variety
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This film, a first pic by a film critic, shows the immediate influence of Yank actioners and socio-psycho thrillers but has its own personal style.

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April 17, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Modern movies begin here, with Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless in 1960. No debut film since Citizen Kane in 1942 has been as influential.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

August 5, 2003
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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Say this, in sum, for Breathless: it is certainly no cliché, in any area or sense of the word. It is more a chunk of raw drama, graphically and artfully torn with appropriately ragged edges out of the tough underbelly of modern metropolitan life.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 20, 2003
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