Détective Reviews

January 29, 2020
Once or twice I thought I espied a theme, much as a birdwatcher after a long vigil in the freezing dawn might think he espied a rare bird. But either I was wrong or it flew away before identification.
August 7, 2019
Though it takes some effort, watching Godard's twisted, ricocheting batch of ideas is usually fascinating, or at least pleasantly puzzling.
July 28, 2019
Godard films are never anything less than fascinating, and the singular vision of societal rot in a building meant to represent the ultimate in glamour is not lost in the film's shifting perspectives.
February 4, 2010
Very rich comedy about the age of video
February 14, 2008
Drawing upon a multitude of genres and styles, from film noir and crime to slapstick comedy, Dtective is a variable but entertaining experiment.
April 17, 2007
Jean-Luc Godard's 1985 deconstruction of film noir has the lightness and comic zip of some of his 60s features, though the mix of elements isn't quite as rich.
August 29, 2006
Godard's interest, however, is not in the crime (or even the plot) but in playing with the film medium--sounds, music, dialog, images (both video and film), and the written word.
July 3, 2005
August 30, 2004
You can't afford to miss it if you aren't afraid of a little hard work.
August 22, 2004
Vintage Godard with a jumpy storyline and misunderstandings between men and women.
May 24, 2003
Jean-Luc Godard's hotel-based film noir borders on farce: as conventional as he gets, but still inventive, subversive and darkly comic.