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Pépé le Moko Reviews

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Variety Staff
April 27, 2009
Interesting movement holds through the entirety. Life in the native quarter, with its squalor and intrigues, is particularly well presented and photographed.
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Film noir as we know (and love) it is just around the corner from here.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 16, 2002
The French original has it all over on the Hollywood version in the way it conveys atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 9, 2002
Pepe le Moko, made in 1937, begins with that tinny, swooning French soundtrack music that conjures up European movies before the war, but it isn't until a few minutes later that you realize you're in for something special.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 27, 2002
A timeless romantic thriller that steeps us in one of those great artificial movie worlds that become more overpowering than reality itself.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
May 23, 2002
Mr. Gabin was no stranger to playing doomed men on film, and his Pépé is the grandest of the damned.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 19, 2002
Beautifully crafted, movingly acted, still involving and entertaining, this is just the kind of film people are talking about when they say they don't make them like this anymore.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 13, 2002
If you've never seen the film, you may be pleasantly surprised by the unexpected complexity of the intrigues and the lyrical force of the feelings.
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John Anderson
March 1, 2002
A milestone of prewar French cinema and fun picture under any circumstances.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
February 28, 2002
One of the most purely enjoyable films ever made.
| Original Score: 5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
February 26, 2002
One of the great international hits of classic French cinema.
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
This is the closest Duvivier came to Renoir, which is no mean feat.