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Breathless Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 24, 2010
If you've never seen Breathless, see it now -- but don't expect an easy ride. If you haven't seen it for ages, see it again and be surprised at the fresh reactions it provokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
June 21, 2010
Breathless feels like it was [made] tomorrow.
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
June 21, 2010
It's like a bullet from the future of movies.
Peter Sobczynski
June 17, 2010
It actually seems more daring now than ever before and all the more vital as a result.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 11, 2010
One of the most famous and influential movies ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
May 26, 2010
Breathless makes alienation look like it was a lot more fun in 1960 than in the ponderous gravitas or ante-upping brutality of indie film today.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 26, 2010
If you miss out on this print, you are truly missing out on another life.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Armond White
New York Press
May 26, 2010
Though rarely discussed as either a love story or a political film, Breathless maintains fascination because it is equally both.
Matthew Connolly
Slant Magazine
May 25, 2010
The actors don't inhabit characters so much as occupy a middle ground where play-acting and fan ardor replace the embodiment of set emotions and personality traits.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 21, 2009
Even in an early work that blushes with the narcissistic pleasure of obsessive cinephilia, Godard knew enough to look on the dark side.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 20, 2008
A half-century has softened the impact, but 'Breathless' still holds its own.
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Time Out
August 25, 2007
The camera lavishes black-and-white love on Paris, strolling up the Champs-Elysées, edging across café terraces, sweeping over the rooftop skyline, Mozart mixing with cool jazz riffs in the night air.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 5, 2007
It's energy over substance.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 17, 2007
Shot on a shoestring and none the worse for it, Jean-Luc Godard's gritty and engaging first feature had an almost revolutionary impact when first released in 1960.
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April 17, 2007
This film, a first pic by a film critic, shows the immediate influence of Yank actioners and socio-psycho thrillers but has its own personal style.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 13, 2006
Regardless of how one feels about Jean-Luc Godard's later, less accessible works, it would be hard to find a more audacious debut feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
November 21, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
August 28, 2005
Even if some of Breathless remains inaccessibly arty and obtuse, it's nonetheless a film of watershed importance.
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
June 25, 2005
Decades later, this seminal work of the French New Wave is still one of Godard's freshest, most innovative, and most accessible films with a stunning performance by Jean Paul Belmondo channeling Bogart.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Victoria Alexander
July 29, 2004
A stunning classic.
| Original Score: 5/5
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