Les Bas-fonds (The Lower Depths) (Underground) (Underworld) Reviews

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Time Out
May 9, 2007
Gabin and Jouvet are their usual glorious selves, though the tendency towards pessimism makes this one of Renoir's less rewarding films.
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
February 14, 2010
The text is Gorky's, the names and the whiskers are Russian, yet the world here is wholly French, or, rather, wholly Jean Renoir's
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
August 30, 2006
Renoir sought out balance and humanistic sympathy, reshaping the narrative so the thief (Jean Gabin) and the Baron (Louis Jouvet) bond over their mutual rebellion against the social system.
Jake Euker
Filmcritic.com
August 30, 2006
The Lower Depths both gains and loses by its proximity to Renoir's later masterpieces: It's not one of them them, but the same guy made it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 20, 2014
Gabin did not attain the international status of American counterparts or later countryman Belmondo, though his Pepel here is a thing of beauty.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 9, 2007
It carries some interest in its curious blend of tones and styles -- it oscillates between vaudeville turns and stark tragedy.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 30, 2006
The relationship between Gabin's Pepel and Jouvet's Baron is a brilliant one -- Renoir pointing to their internal similarities by stressing their external differences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Film4
May 9, 2007
The result is powerful, if frequently uncomfortable, viewing.
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