Pépé le Moko Reviews

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Variety Staff
Variety
April 27, 2009
Interesting movement holds through the entirety. Life in the native quarter, with its squalor and intrigues, is particularly well presented and photographed.
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Film noir as we know (and love) it is just around the corner from here.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003
Director Julien Duvivier took the conventional mix of love and bullets and made it into dark poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
April 3, 2003
Captures the vibrancy of colonial Northern Africa with intimate sensual detail
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
March 5, 2003
am most amazed at how well it has survived the test of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
January 26, 2003
the film that made consummate French actor Jean Gabin a star
| Original Score: 4/4
Matt Langdon
Filmcritic.com
January 16, 2003
You have to like a movie that was the true inspiration to that famous animated skunk Pépé le Pew.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
It's not just an important film; it's also great entertainment, a compelling screen romance -- and one of the best places to see hunky Jean Gabin at the height of his career.
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 29, 2002
A delicious ensemble piece.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Joe Leydon
San Francisco Examiner
August 19, 2002
An irresistibly entertaining drama of dreamy, doom-laden romantic fatalism, a vividly atmospheric film noir years before noir was cool.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 16, 2002
The French original has it all over on the Hollywood version in the way it conveys atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Pam Grady
Reel.com
August 16, 2002
Retains its power to amuse and enthrall 65 years after its debut.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 9, 2002
Pepe le Moko, made in 1937, begins with that tinny, swooning French soundtrack music that conjures up European movies before the war, but it isn't until a few minutes later that you realize you're in for something special.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
July 26, 2002
Excitingly filmed with North African footage mixed with superb sets.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 27, 2002
A timeless romantic thriller that steeps us in one of those great artificial movie worlds that become more overpowering than reality itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
May 23, 2002
Mr. Gabin was no stranger to playing doomed men on film, and his Pépé is the grandest of the damned.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 19, 2002
Beautifully crafted, movingly acted, still involving and entertaining, this is just the kind of film people are talking about when they say they don't make them like this anymore.
| Original Score: 5/5
David Ehrenstein
New Times
April 18, 2002
A vehicle for Jean Gabin whose quicksilver charm hasn't aged in over 60 years.
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
March 22, 2002
[Gabin] magnetically holds the viewer just as Pepe rules the casbah -- with suavity, charm, machismo and a powerful aura of fallen divinity.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 13, 2002
If you've never seen the film, you may be pleasantly surprised by the unexpected complexity of the intrigues and the lyrical force of the feelings.
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