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The Big Risk (Classe tous risques) Reviews

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Sarah Cronin
Electric Sheep
September 19, 2013
Classe tous risques is a taut, original gangster film told with simplicity and a compelling directness, with bare-bones exposition and a neorealist touch.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 5, 2006
A crisp, smart, cynical film about dishonor among thieves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fernando F. Croce
September 5, 2009
Sautet's shrugging ambiguity, already piquant, already piercing
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
September 12, 2013
A tense tale of dishonour among thieves this is as hard-boiled and flinty as anything Hollywood was making at the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
May 16, 2015
Ranging and enjoyably unpredictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
September 12, 2013
A splendid showcase for the great Lino Ventura.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
September 10, 2013
Sautet's characteristic restraint lacks the killer snap of Melville at his best, and the impetus rather flags as events proceed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 11, 2006
Romantic codes of honor collide with the unforgiving doom of the gangster thriller with a fascinating ambiguity... in Claude Sautet's lean, tough 1960 crime classic...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 26, 2008
It ranks among the best of the French New Wave noir films.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 15, 2005
The new titles are flavorsome, and the restoration is up to Rialto's previous high standards -- shades of gray with the pale glow of an overcast autumn sky.
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Jan Stuart
November 17, 2005
Belmondo is the clincher: He's got so much jaunty charisma, the screen can barely contain him.
| Original Score: 4/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 17, 2005
Claude Sautet's Classe Tous Risques is the kind of French movie that makes you want to throw on your trench coat, light up a cigarette and shoot somebody.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 30, 2005
A doozy of a French gangster pic that, in its beautifully refurbished and pithily resubtitled re-release, turns out to be one of the highlights of the 2005 movie year.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 18, 2006
Even though the film isn't considered a rule-breaking classic, its straight face holds up quite nicely, thank you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 13, 2006
Doesn't quite rate lost-classic status, but it's done with a great deal of dexterity, intelligence and an appealing end-of-'50s cool.
| Original Score: B
Michael Joshua Rowin
Stop Smiling
March 2, 2014
What we're left with 45 years after Classe's awkwardly timed entrance into French film history are some superbly assured performances and well-drawn characters.
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 12, 2013
Never wastes a minute of your time, right up to its abrupt ending: this is condensed, intense story-telling that never once loosens its grip.
Jurgen Fauth
November 18, 2005
Touching and merciless at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
September 9, 2013
A sombre, downbeat gem in the hard-bitten tradition of Rififi, it stars Lino Ventura as the big-time gangster fallen on hard times, whose former friends don't want to know
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 18, 2005
The late Claude Sautet was one of the best, and perhaps the most underappreciated, of the great French directors who came to prominence in the '50s and '60s.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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