Klute Reviews

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August 11, 2020
Like other of Pakula's greatest films featuring phenomenal female leads, this is really a Jane Fonda picture you're watching, and it's impossible to forget it
May 12, 2020
Style, grit, and a narrative that pits focus on the unforgiving landscape of New York City.
April 9, 2020
There is a timelessness to the freaky-ness and sadness of the human condition in this film, and Fonda is nothing short of sensational in her tense portrayal of a transitioning soul. An essential watch.
February 18, 2020
As close to a classic as anything New Hollywood produced.
February 12, 2020
Persuasive script by Andy and Dave Lewis; elegantly muted Technicolor; high in its class.
February 12, 2020
What lifts it above its B-picture origins (and the pastiche is certainly conscious) is the style -- crisp, elliptical, only moderately arty -- of Alan J. Pakula's direction.
February 12, 2020
This is done with remarkably little dialogue but with a tremendous sense of tension and atmosphere.
January 9, 2020
But Klute feels vibrantly alive in a way that betrays its subdued chilliness.
September 26, 2019
While the plot mechanics work along the well-worn gears of any number of mystery-thrillers, the film catches and holds us because Bree is such a fascinating, enigmatic character.
August 26, 2019
Klute is a cool film about a cool customer, but it's all a façade... [I]t's more of a character study in thriller garb, and Bree's cool affect is mostly a well-honed act.
July 27, 2019
There was no shortage of superb performances by lead actresses in the 1970s -- Diane Keaton in Annie Hall and Sally Field in Norma Rae are two that immediately come to mind -- but Jane Fonda's turn in Klute was not only great but also groundbreaking.
November 24, 2015
A movie resolutely of its moment that still surges with third-rail electricity ...
January 3, 2011
Playing a complex, sharpy written part, Jane Fonda won the Best Actress Oscar for her strongest dramatic performance in Alan Pakula's well mounted drmataic thriller
July 7, 2010
Produced handsomely in New York, but directed tediously by Alan J. Pakula, the film is a suspenser without much suspense.
September 15, 2009
One of the most important and influential movies of the early 1970s.
August 30, 2009
[Fonda] makes all the right choices, from the mechanics of her walk and her voice inflection to the penetration of the girl's raging psyche. It is a rare performance.
August 30, 2009
Sutherland is either an excellent sounding board for this nuanced portrait or he's a big zero, probably both. Fonda, however, transcends her limitations, making the most of her often forced quality as an actress.
August 30, 2009
Fonda is simply a revelation, beautiful, sassy and streetwise, and yet hauntingly vulnerable. She deserved her Oscar in a role she has never bettered.
February 9, 2006
For once, a genuinely psychological thriller.
July 29, 2005
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