The Big Risk (Classe tous risques) Reviews

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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
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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
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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
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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
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 23, 2005
[T]he young Belmondo alone is worth the price of admission to Classe Tous Risques ...
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 18, 2005
The late Claude Sautet was one of the best, and perhaps the most underappreciated, of the great French directors who came to prominence in the '50s and '60s.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 17, 2005
Claude Sautet's Classe Tous Risques is the kind of French movie that makes you want to throw on your trench coat, light up a cigarette and shoot somebody.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
November 17, 2005
Belmondo is the clincher: He's got so much jaunty charisma, the screen can barely contain him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 15, 2005
The new titles are flavorsome, and the restoration is up to Rialto's previous high standards -- shades of gray with the pale glow of an overcast autumn sky.