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Pépé le Moko Reviews

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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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 30, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Dan Callahan
ToxicUniverse.com
April 30, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
April 3, 2003
Captures the vibrancy of colonial Northern Africa with intimate sensual detail
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
February 26, 2002
One of the great international hits of classic French cinema.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
February 28, 2002
One of the most purely enjoyable films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
March 1, 2002
A milestone of prewar French cinema and fun picture under any circumstances.
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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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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
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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
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
March 5, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
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.
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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.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
January 26, 2003
the film that made consummate French actor Jean Gabin a star
| Original Score: 4/4
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
This is the closest Duvivier came to Renoir, which is no mean feat.
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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.
David Ehrenstein
New Times
April 18, 2002
A vehicle for Jean Gabin whose quicksilver charm hasn't aged in over 60 years.
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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

Boston Phoenix
August 10, 2002
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