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Breathless Reviews

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Sarah Kaufman
Washington Post
July 9, 2010
Breathless has the proportions wrong. Too much rambling, too little point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
November 7, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 5, 2010
Vivre dangereusement jusqu?au bout.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
Paul Gallagher
Future Movies UK
February 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 5, 2003
Modern movies begin here, with Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless in 1960. No debut film since Citizen Kane in 1942 has been as influential.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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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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.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 19, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
June 21, 2010
Breathless feels like it was [made] tomorrow.
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
Laurence Boyce
Little White Lies
June 25, 2010
Influential. Innovative. Incredible.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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
Victoria Alexander
July 29, 2004
A stunning classic.
| Original Score: 5/5
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
Cole Smithey
November 21, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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+
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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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 9, 2002
Breathless became a kind of existential hipster classic, a cool flick as well as great cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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