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Breathless Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 2, 2016
Indisputably on the shortlist of Movies You Need To See if you're going to have a proper conception of cinema history and the potential of cinematic form.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
December 3, 2015
With the appearance of Breathless, we have a film that is new, aesthetically and morally.
Cole Smithey
November 28, 2014
[VIDEO ESSAY] Goddard arrived at a kinesthetic technique of jagged cutting during the editing process as a way to speed up the action - to prune out the boring stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
March 6, 2014
A unique hybrid, both the realization of years of critical writings by Godard and ... also a film made by an unabashed cinephile.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Dan Jardine
July 5, 2011
With Breathless [Godard] is attempting to break down the rules of the form he loves so much, in order to let us know that it is ALL on the table now, from subject matter to form.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Paul Gallagher
Future Movies UK
February 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Mike Edwards
What Culture
February 1, 2011
The film that launched the French New Wave, Breathless remains an outstanding testament to the great ideals of fun filmmaking that infused the movement.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

National Post
January 15, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Adam Nayman
January 14, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
January 14, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
January 3, 2011
To me, and I suspect to most cinephiles, this is the rush that makes moviegoing addictive: the sensation that the film's world was so full that it has spilled into the sights and sounds beyond the theater's doors.
Rubin Safaya
October 25, 2010
Together, like their countermelodies, Michel and Patricia form a zero-sum game-nothing matters. But with Michel's death, she is left behind to ponder the consequences of their indifference.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 5, 2010
Vivre dangereusement jusqu?au bout.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 20, 2010
Breathless jumps to its own rhythm and pokes holes in its idols even as it worships them.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Shawn Levy
August 13, 2010
It retains its brilliance both as entertainment and as a groundbreaking work of art.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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August 4, 2010
On its fiftieth birthday Breathless remains fresh and exciting, although its revolutionary approach has long since been absorbed into the mainstream, and the years do show on it a bit.

July 16, 2010
As his career progressed, Godard's films became more mature and accomplished, but rarely, if ever, did they pack such an immediate, visceral punch.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 16, 2010
Even 50 years later, it's easy feel how vivid a game-changer Breathless must have been when it arrived.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 15, 2010
This movie liberated the cinema -- the stories you could tell and the ways you could tell them -- as clearly and cleanly as Picasso freed painting and the Sex Pistols rebooted rock.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Josh Larsen
June 25, 2010
It's especially impressive how completely Jean Seberg owns Breathless considering what she's up against.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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