Du Rififi Chez les Hommes (Rififi) Reviews

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Variety Staff
Variety
October 30, 2007
It took an experienced US director, Jules Dassin, who has lived in France some years, to give the French gangster pic the proper tension, mounting and treatment. This pic has something intrinsically Gallic without sacrificing the rugged storytelling.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
October 30, 2007
The film turns moralistic and sour in the last half, when the thieves fall out.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 30, 2007
A familiar but effective parable of honor among thieves.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Actually rather overrated, lacking the tension, profundity, and vivid characterisation of similar films.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
This is perhaps the keenest crime film that ever came from France, including Pepe le Moko and some of the best of Louis Jouvet and Jean Gabin.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 27, 2002
There is something else unique about the heist scene: It is the centerpiece of the film, not the climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
One of the great crime thrillers, the benchmark all succeeding heist films have been measured against, it's no musty museum piece but a driving, compelling piece of work, redolent of the air of human frailty and fatalistic doom.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
I won't bore you by rhapsodizing over the moody poetic night world artistry of Rififi.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Features posturing aplenty -- particularly if you include the climactic gunfire arabesques. No one, however, has nearly the doomed glamour of the tight-lipped, gimlet-eyed, consumptive Tony Le Stéphanois.