La Bęte Humaine (Judas Was a Woman)(The Human Beast) Reviews

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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
September 14, 2012
The film has marvellous atmosphere and a fine cast, but the material, which involves brutal, uncontrollable passion seen in a social framework, turns oppressive, and at times Gabin is a lump.
Matthew Sorrento
Senses of Cinema
December 18, 2013
Renoir returns to the réelle du train with little comfort for his 'human beast.'
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
December 18, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 13, 2003
... it's the hot visuals that make the film so explosive.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com
April 5, 2006
La bête humaine may show Renoir at his darkest, but as always Renoir in his observantly caustic mode can't bring himself to not splash highlighting colors onto his preeminently human canvas.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 26, 2006
[Renoir's] expertise behind the camera--and his driving curiosity for human constructs and human nature...elevate La bete humaine to an unforgettable filmic experience.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
August 21, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
May 24, 2003
The central performances in this tragic love triangle are brilliant and utterly convincing.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Jean Renoir's generous sensibility seems at odds with the sterile determinism of the Zola novel on which this 1938 film was based.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 14, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times
March 25, 2006
It is simply a story; a macabre, grim and oddly-fascinating story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 11, 2008
| Original Score: 5/5
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Superb performances from Gabin, Simon and Ledoux as the classic tragic love triangle.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 30, 2006
Features one of Jean Gabin's greatest performances -- one with even more force than the locomotive he powers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety
March 26, 2009
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