Le Serpent (The Snake) Reviews

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Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
September 14, 2007

Disappointing French thriller, thanks to a ridiculous plot, overblown direction and some dodgy acting from Clovis Cornillac.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
September 14, 2007

The film isn't much like recent examples of torture porn. It's too stylish for that.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 14, 2007

The story came from Get Carter's source author, English crime writer Ted Lewis, but the venomous sophistication and serpentine inner logic are French.

David Gritten
Daily Telegraph
September 14, 2007

Taut, stylish French thriller, based on a novel by Ted Lewis.

Andrew Pulver
Guardian
September 14, 2007

It's slick, efficient, tough-nosed film-making, enmeshing our hapless hero more and more tightly in its narrative coils. Only a matter of time, surely, before Michael Douglas shows up in the remake.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Watson
Film4
September 14, 2007

A penchant for silliness and a tabloid-ready storyline mean The Serpent is a decent thriller that loses some of its impact as it unfolds, but remains a well-paced and enjoyable film.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
September 14, 2007

A mite overblown, but no less enjoyable for it - and guaranteed to get a Hollywood re-jig.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
musicOMH.com
September 14, 2007

You will be thrilled all the way through Le Serpent, and once the final credits roll, you will be awed by the muscular solidity of its construction.

Thomas Dawson
BBC.com
September 14, 2007

The Serpent makes atmospheric use of its urban locations. But the more overblown the film becomes the less it engages our emotions.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Bramble
Little White Lies
September 14, 2007

An occasionally effective and stylish piece of filmmaking, capturing both the gloss and grime of the best thrillers, and delivering the odd shock as well.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
Top Critic
September 14, 2007

Not unwatchable, but a distinct let-down, since this crew surely had a more incisive movie in them.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
September 14, 2007

Director Eric Barbier's thriller is an ambitious affair, full of writhing storylines, switchback narrative and a terrifically vile villain in the form of Clovis Cornillac.

James Dyer
Empire Magazine
September 14, 2007

An appropriately serpentine plot makes for an engaging thriller. It's a shame then that the final showdown is so daft.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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