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Les Enfants terribles (The Strange Ones) Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 4, 2015
Perhaps Melville is the only one who could have directed Cocteau's book of childish mind games so lucidly.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Fernando F. Croce
March 3, 2008
The tension is between heightened whimsy and its vérité settings, or, more specifically, between Jean Cocteau's writing (an adaptation of his 1929 novel) and Jean-Pierre Melville's direction.

TV Guide
March 3, 2008
The film also unmistakably bears Cocteau's stamp, and he even directed one scene (at the beach) when Melville fell ill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Variety Staff
March 3, 2008
Jean Cocteau has written the pic and delivers the commentary, which creates a gripping, dream-like attraction.
Jon Fortgang
March 3, 2008
A fascinating collaboration between two of French cinema's great talents which, in its strange atmosphere, poetic dialogue and creepy tone, has lost none of its ability to shock or compel.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 13, 2007
French cinema legends Jean-Pierre Melville and Jean Cocteau collaborated to cast a hypnotic spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine
July 18, 2007
Les Enfants Terribles is very much a fantasy, an accumulation of suggestive, slightly obscure visual details, offset somewhat by Cocteau's too-literary, over-explicit narration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 3, 2008
Unfortunately, the film's more poetic visual tendencies are frequently undermined by the unnecessary narration written and performed by Cocteau himself, which informs us of emotions and psychological states that are mostly evident on-screen.
Douglas Pratt
March 3, 2008
One must admire the talents of Melville and Cocteau while watching the film, but the strongest emotions are arch and the biggest plot turns are silly.
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