Les Carabiniers Reviews

January 30, 2020
I'm not being emotional or irresponsible when I say that Les Carabiniers is a masterpiece.
June 17, 2019
Les Carabiniers has a surprisingly wet, fluid mossiness: its people seem beautifully wan, primeval, murky, little woodchucks camouflaged by nature.
July 12, 2018
The war-film to end war-films, the sick joke that actually sickens.
June 22, 2018
Godard leaves us to wonder about our own gullibility, our own unquestioning patriotism and loyalty, our own capacity for violence in the name of political figures with whom we might imagine we share some kind of cosmic relationship.
June 18, 2018
Jean-Luc Godard's conviction that action, and not idle thought, is the lifeblood of social progress is palpable.
June 2, 2013
Godard's astringent anti-war flipbook
July 21, 2011
Les Carabiniers refuses to make it easy on the audience, avoiding genre conventions at all costs, and daring us to consider that the real horror of war is the idea that anyone could find it rewarding, never mind exciting or adventurous.
June 21, 2008
The problem is not with Godard's politics, but with the purposeful ugliness of the film ... .
August 29, 2006
An ultraimpersonal exercise on the subject of war.
July 5, 2005
Top Critic
May 9, 2005
This offhand exercise, made back in 1962 by one of the kings of the then New Wave, popped up early last night at the festival, for absolutely no discernible reason.
January 19, 2005
October 23, 2004
Godard has chosen a subject on which to exercise his style. The result is one of his most successful films, and, incidentally, one easier to understand and enjoy than his later work.
May 7, 2003
Jean-Luc Godard set out in 1963 to deliberately make a war film that would be neither dramatically involving nor formally compelling -- and he succeeded so brilliantly that the film was seen as a disaster.