1959, Crime/Drama, 1h 15m40 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings
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Narratively spare and told with clockwork precision, Pickpocket is a carefully observed character study that packs an emotional wallop. Read critic reviews
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Critic Reviews for Pickpocket
At first one may be impressed by the mystery surrounding these characters, until one realises that they are only mysterious because they are unable to create their own destinies.January 11, 2020 | Full Review…
The movie, above all, affirms the miracle of redemptive love and its price in humility and unconditional surrender.March 4, 2019 | Full Review…
A picture so original in style that it sometimes seems downright peculiar.
A marvel of poise and circumspect emotion from French auteur Robert Bresson.March 5, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
It is, at base, about self-fulfilment and redemption through love -- a common enough idea in films. But this 1959 epic has seldom been equalled as a philosophical treatise on the subject.
Robert Bresson made this short electrifying study in 1959; it's one of his greatest and purest films, full of hushed transgression and sudden grace.
Audience Reviews for Pickpocket
Apr 21, 2014Bresson's unemotional style and wooden performances may not be accessible to everyone but it is impressive how he holds our interest in the many minutiae of the pickpocketing sleight of hand tricks, making them seem more like an art than a condemnable deed.Carlos M Super Reviewer
Apr 19, 2013Pickpocket is the glorious story of a pickpocket in the world inhabited by other grifters. It is a very memorable tale.John B Super Reviewer
Apr 25, 2011The appeal of "Pickpocket" is less about its story (the title is self-explanatory) and more about the deft economy of Robert Bresson's direction. Not a stroke is wasted. The depictions of intricate, tag-team pickpocket moves are especially sharp -- the eye can barely follow the action. "Pickpocket" has one glaring handicap: The untrained actors look strangely dazed throughout the film. This may be an intentional effect, but their stupor leaves little room for an emotional connection. Luckily, the movie is over so soon that it never has a chance to turn dull.Eric B Super Reviewer
May 12, 2010Pickpocket influenced Paul Schrader's film works "Taxi Driver", "American Gigolo", and "Light Sleeper". The story of a young man living as a lonely man pickpocketing ppls wallet for a living. He's living in guilt and a beautiful french woman seems to be his only salvation. Robert Bresson known as the Christian among filmmakers makes this gentle fascinating picture.Brian R Super Reviewer
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