Alphaville Reviews

May 29, 2014
It's so archly intellectual that you fear it might splinter if you poke it in the ribs. It's also endlessly playful in its worship of American movie tropes, and deeply resourceful.
May 1, 2014
Nothing about this strange, moving work of agit-pop has ever seemed out of date. If anything, "Alphaville" moves closer to relevance with every passing year.
April 25, 2014
A bracing salute to American gangster pics, with a jumpy European post-war uncertainty thrown in.
April 24, 2014
Despite its age it's that rare science fiction film that doesn't seem to have dated at all.
April 1, 2014
It's one of the great cinematic works of romanticism, as well as a sort of filmed revelation of the very essence of science-fiction movies and German silent classics -- their blend of social critique, emotional liberation, and paranoia.
April 1, 2014
No movie, not even Breathless, better exemplifies the syncretic quality of Godard's early genius.
February 4, 2014
Iconic in its very grain, the film toggles effortlessly between toast-dry farce and vogueing postwar hipitude, and like the balletic swimmers performing mid-pool state executions, it's a thing of insensible beauty.
February 4, 2014
Karina proves to be the beating heart of the movie, getting its piercing last line (no spoilers here). Yet it's Constantine's ravaged mug that you remember.
March 26, 2009
Godard again shows his uncompromising, intellectual, unorthodox methods for a pic that is both piquant and sketchy.
May 29, 2007
It remains an outstanding example of the filmmaker's power to transform an environment through the selection of detail: everything in it is familiar, but nothing is recognizable.
June 24, 2006
One of Godard's most sheerly enjoyable movies, a dazzling amalgam of film noir and science fiction.
May 9, 2005
Mr. Godard's conclusion that love -- good old love -- conquers all is a curiously disappointing finish for such an initially promising film.