Band of Outsiders (Bande à part) Reviews

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April 16, 2020
Diving into cultural malice and the crisis of being young and clueless, the film exhumes coolness and for once makes the filmmaker accessible to everyone who was ever sold into his cocky attitude only to be disappointed later.
January 29, 2019
I yawned all through with what I thought was wild boredom, but realised afterwards was fury and distaste, because in fact nothing Godard does is ever boring in the sense of being uninteresting,
May 6, 2016
The Godard movie you use to turn people into Godard-heads, 'Band of Outsiders' wasn't, as it were, always liked.
May 5, 2016
Behind its substantial charm and light touch is a movie that's more morbid, alienated, and personal than it lets on.
May 4, 2016
Godard, the cocky provocateur, breaks every rule of filmmaking he can muster...[it's] a rejection of traditions--all of 'em, de qualité or otherwise--and an embrace of the new.
June 17, 2013
Besides being a stirring portrait of a youth culture in crisis, the film is very charming and accessible - especially for anyone that's experienced teen alienation...at once a snapshot in time and a timeless piece of cinema.
May 22, 2013
So polished and assured it casts the supremely difficult illusion of being easy to make.
September 7, 2011
The film sees Godard parsing out his feelings for Karina, then his wife, and meditating on the mercurial nature of his own preoccupations.
March 3, 2008
An early masterpiece from Godard, trail-blazing, involving and charmingly enjoyable.
March 3, 2008
It offers 10 times more pleasures than the average picture.
March 3, 2008
This 1964 feature remains one of Godard's most appealing and underrated films, relatively relaxed and strangely optimistic.
December 30, 2006
One of Godard's most accessible pictures. A good place to learn how much of a debt modern cinema owes him.
October 21, 2006
Grave, light-hearted and quietly poetic.
August 29, 2006
One must remember that even a lesser Godard is likely to be much more stimulating than another director's better films.
Top Critic
February 11, 2006
One of Godard's most open and enjoyable films.
August 12, 2005
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August 29, 2004
A pair of set pieces -- the trio dancing in unison in a bar and their famous 9-minute, 43-second run through the Louvre -- make the movie worthwhile alone, but the disjointed, meandering, and somewhat random narrative isn't anything to write home about.
July 8, 2004
For movie lovers, it's pure joy.
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