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Le samoura´ Reviews

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Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
November 24, 2016
Melville's discipline in establishing patterns pays off handsomely when he breaks them. [Full review in Portuguese.]
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Penelope Gilliatt
New Yorker
January 14, 2013
Cold, masterly, without pathos, and not even particularly sympathetic; it has the noble structure of accuracy.
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 17, 2010
an enjoyably stylish entry in the French crime film tradition, but a decidedly minor one
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 8, 2009
Delon's inscrutable presence adds to an unnerving atmosphere of anticipation. You feel that something bad could come crashing into the frame at any second. And you would be right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

TV Guide
August 29, 2006
A major work from a highly influential director -- Walter Hill and John Woo have both taken a lesson or two -- yet one whose films have been, until now, inexplicably neglected in the U.S.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Melville's film had a major influence in Hollywood.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 24, 2005
Achieves an atmosphere of mesmerizing, otherworldly beauty and grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 14, 2005
By far the coolest.
Chris Cabin
October 13, 2005
Making films this good wasn't a principle for Melville, it was a habit.
| Original Score: 5/5
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
July 20, 2004
Le Samoura´'s narrative players are designed for easy interpretation. This fosters the plot's complication, as well as Melville's inimitably stylistic filmmaking
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 20, 2004
The film has been a tremendous influence to the crime drama genre.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
[Melville's] style remains haunting and elegantly spare, just right for the kind of hit man who lives in silence, in bare and colorless surroundings, with a lonely caged bird.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Even if its influence on contemporary filmmakers weren't so striking and acknowledged, Le Samourai would stand well enough on its own merits, strongly suggesting that some of the greatest films of the future may well come from the past.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dragan Antulov
August 20, 2001
One of the better examples of genre cinema.
Full Review| Original Score: 8/10
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
It combines stylish direction, an intelligent script, first-rate performances, and overpowering atmosphere into one of the most tense and absorbing thrillers ever to reach the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Le samourai expresses a kind of loneliness to be sure, but it's that of a teenage male dreaming about Hollywood movies and their accoutrements -- penthouse apartments, acerbic cops, melancholy city streets, smoky card games, fancy jazz nightclubs.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
One of the pleasures of Le Samourai is to realize how complicated the plot has grown, in its flat, deadpan way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Fedoras and trench coats. Film noir in cool blues and greens. Frenchman Jean-Pierre Melville's 1967 film Le Samourai is the real deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Alain Delon, who was attacked by some narrow-minded reviewers in his day for being stiff, is perfectly cast here, displaying a cool, calm demeanor at first, then an equally calm desperation as the chase gets more intense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Melville is much more interested in procedures than action. The film is so stripped down that we learn as much as we need to know about Jef in the film's first 15 minutes.
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