The Big Risk (Classe tous risques) Reviews

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
May 16, 2015
Ranging and enjoyably unpredictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Joshua Rowin
Stop Smiling
March 2, 2014
What we're left with 45 years after Classe's awkwardly timed entrance into French film history are some superbly assured performances and well-drawn characters.
Sarah Cronin
Electric Sheep
September 19, 2013
Classe tous risques is a taut, original gangster film told with simplicity and a compelling directness, with bare-bones exposition and a neorealist touch.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
September 12, 2013
A tense tale of dishonour among thieves this is as hard-boiled and flinty as anything Hollywood was making at the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph
September 12, 2013
Never wastes a minute of your time, right up to its abrupt ending: this is condensed, intense story-telling that never once loosens its grip.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
September 12, 2013
This Franco-Italian production feels like a classic - with all the traditional punchings, slappings, shootings and coshings - and yet it's utterly unformulaic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
September 12, 2013
A splendid showcase for the great Lino Ventura.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
September 10, 2013
Sautet's characteristic restraint lacks the killer snap of Melville at his best, and the impetus rather flags as events proceed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
September 9, 2013
A sombre, downbeat gem in the hard-bitten tradition of Rififi, it stars Lino Ventura as the big-time gangster fallen on hard times, whose former friends don't want to know
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
September 5, 2009
Sautet's shrugging ambiguity, already piquant, already piercing
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 26, 2008
It ranks among the best of the French New Wave noir films.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 13, 2006
Doesn't quite rate lost-classic status, but it's done with a great deal of dexterity, intelligence and an appealing end-of-'50s cool.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 11, 2006
Romantic codes of honor collide with the unforgiving doom of the gangster thriller with a fascinating ambiguity... in Claude Sautet's lean, tough 1960 crime classic...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
May 5, 2006
French directors like Melville and Chabrol did more with the basically American forms and inspirations, but Sautet (a fairly major talent) had crack nerves and an alert, humane eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
March 24, 2006
The rerelease of Classe Tous Risques makes you wonder how many other movies this good got scuttled by the French new wave.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 18, 2006
Even though the film isn't considered a rule-breaking classic, its straight face holds up quite nicely, thank you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
February 27, 2006
...another eminently watchable example of the French noir trend of the period.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 6, 2006
To come across Classe Tous Risques is like discovering a bottle of marvelous French wine you didn't remember you had, opening it and finding it every bit as delicious as its reputation promised.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 5, 2006
A crisp, smart, cynical film about dishonor among thieves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 30, 2005
A doozy of a French gangster pic that, in its beautifully refurbished and pithily resubtitled re-release, turns out to be one of the highlights of the 2005 movie year.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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