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Critic Reviews for Breathless
A wanton, playful film, belying the stated despair by its boiling energy.
I still don't understand why Mr. McBride and Mr. Carson elected to do the film but, considering the more obvious possible pitfalls, they could have done a lot worse. That is meant to be praise.
The result is a stylistic exercise without any genuine human concerns we can identify with -- and yet, an exercise that does have a command of its style, is good-looking, fun to watch, and develops a certain morbid humor.
The attitudes on display are so distanced and derivative that the picture still seems to have no life or identity of its own.
Audience Reviews for Breathless
My logical mind doesn't get what Monica sees in Jesse, but love isn't usually logical.
I'm not ashamed to say that I enjoy this version a lot more than John Luc Goddard's. I know this must seem like blasphemy to most, but this American counterpart is a lot more fun and worthwhile to me. I think the biggest improvement for me was Richard Gere taking the lead role. He's a great deal more likable and you actually care about him, rather than seeing him as an irredeemable asshole who kills random cops and has no respect for anyone but himself. I much prefer the Silver Surfer reading, Jerry Lee Lewis listening goofball. I'll be honest too, the color scheme in this movie is way too cool. Add that with some nice little changes from the original and it becomes a crazy blend of pop culture and a chase movie.
A very good, steamy thriller about a man on the run who meets a beautiful girl and wants her to join him.
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