The Wages of Fear Reviews

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July 16, 2019
The Wages of Fear will keep you tipped forward on the I edge of your seat, your palms sweaty and your heart thumping wildly.
May 31, 2018
A masterpiece of cruel suspense.
March 15, 2018
The actual driving scenes are full of suspense and bit of humour. You can tell Clouzot has fun putting the viewer in a false sense of security.
October 18, 2017
This is filmmaking at its very best and rarely does a film grip with such intensity, some scenes being almost unbearable to watch as the situations the men find themselves in create palpable tension, which you believe utterly.
April 1, 2014
Turning the screws with a relentlessness that impresses even in this age of the ruthless, high-tech thriller, Clouzot strings together situations of vividly, almost sadistically imagined danger.
March 25, 2013
Anti-capitalist exciting existential adventure film.
December 6, 2011
Hitch's bomb-under-the-table suspense formula burnished to an expert sheen.
December 6, 2011
The Wages of Fear contains tension-fraught stretches of "pure cinema" that probably gave even the Master cold sweats.
October 12, 2010
"The Wages of Fear" is as much about manufactured fear as it is about the folly of courage that feeds on it.
September 25, 2009
When contrabandists become businessmen and human life is blown away as simply as the tobacco in a half-rolled cigarillo, heroism and grace are notions that wither in the heat
April 24, 2009
An extraordinarily gripping thriller from Henri-Georges Clouzot that establishes and maintains a level of tension rarely equalled elsewhere in cinema.
April 20, 2009
Now seems much less like Salt of the Earth-as-a-potboiler and a lot more like the spiritual godfather to every testosterone-fuelled thrill ride since.
April 19, 2009
A classic suspense film...also the screen equivalent of a classic existentialist drama...The chemical reaction Clouzot gets from these genres is pure dynamite. [Blu-ray]
April 13, 2009
"Wages of Fear" is an uncompromising parable about money, greed, and man's jealous desire for that which he can never have. Yves Montand is outstanding in this gritty and unrelentingly suspenseful picture.
April 6, 2007
One of the best existential thrillers ever made, Clouzot's 1952 film, which won the Cannes Fest Palme d'Or, is just as fresh, suspenseful, gritty and haunting today as it was decades ago; good companion piece to Clouzot's Diabolique.
March 1, 2007
A nail-biting drama that's a must-see.
March 1, 2007
A significant influence on Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch, this grueling pile driver of a movie will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Top Critic
March 1, 2007
A harrowing odyssey of four derelicts inching two trucks loaded with nitro-glycerine over a tortuous terrain puts this in the strong meat department with a downbeat theme of fear and its manifestations.
December 12, 2006
A perfect blend of suspense and social satire.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
A reeking bandana movie, with all the expected thrills, but a vision of men as scurrying insects with no redeeming features.
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