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Le samouraļ Reviews

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Top Critic
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
Cole Smithey
March 8, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5

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
Emanuel Levy
July 3, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
July 20, 2004
Le Samouraļ'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
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
November 17, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Szymanski
June 20, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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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.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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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