Rififi (Du Rififi Chez les Hommes)

1956

Rififi (Du Rififi Chez les Hommes)

Critics Consensus

Rififi depicts the perfect heist in more ways than one, telling its story so effectively that it essentially provided the template for an entire genre to follow.

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Total Count: 48
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Jules Dassin's second European production following his HUAC blacklisting from Hollywood is considered the first heist film, a sub-genre that would later include the likes of everything from The Asphalt Jungle to The Killing to Reservoir Dogs. The film follows the exploits of four thieves--Tony (Jean Servais), Jo (Carl Mohner), Cesar (Dassin himself, under the pseudonym "Perlo Vita") and Mario (Robert Manuel)--who hatch a scheme to rob a Paris jewelry store.

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Critic Reviews for Rififi (Du Rififi Chez les Hommes)

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (13)

  • Viewers become something like collaborators, invested in working out what, say, that umbrella is going to be used for - and then pleased to discover whether we've gotten it right or not.

    Sep 1, 2015 | Full Review…
  • It took an experienced US director, Jules Dassin, who has lived in France some years, to give the French gangster pic the proper tension, mounting and treatment. This pic has something intrinsically Gallic without sacrificing the rugged storytelling.

    Oct 30, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • The film turns moralistic and sour in the last half, when the thieves fall out.

    Oct 30, 2007 | Full Review…
  • A familiar but effective parable of honor among thieves.

    Oct 30, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Jules Dassin's classic jewel-thief caper of 1955 looks as smart as paint, with its unendurably tense, entirely wordless robbery section.

    Oct 30, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Actually rather overrated, lacking the tension, profundity, and vivid characterisation of similar films.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic

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