Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Blends a love of semi-trashy pop entertainment with a love of poetry, art and high moral seriousness. It's a young person's movie (Godard was 34 and Karina 24 in 1964) that retains its mysterious pull even as the film and we get older.
  2. Exhilarating doses of style, imagination, and sheer energy.
  3. 90
    Easily the most brilliant of the genuflections bestowed on the American gangster movie by the French New Wave.
  4. The wonderful thing about Band of Outsiders is that the daring elements that jazzed audiences then have the same power to intoxicate all these years later.
  5. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    90
    This remains one of Godard's most appealing and underrated films, relatively relaxed and strangely optimistic.
  6. 80
    Band of Outsiders is about the tyranny of living a life of movie-fed fantasies, and while it makes us see the poverty of those fantasies, it also makes them unaccountably rich, poetic, sad.
  7. 80
    Along with Raoul Coutard's radiant cinematography, what makes the film extraordinary is Karina, the pure curves of her face a contradiction to the marionette angularity of her body.
  8. 80
    The plot may be nothing, but the film is something indeed.
  9. The strangely mesmerizing dance contest in "Pulp Fiction" was born of Jean-Luc Godard's 1964 New Wave classic Band of Outsiders.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. StewartC.
    Apr 7, 2006
    9
    This film should be coupled with Breathless when spending a night with cinema. Godard pays homage to Hollywood as he weaves and manipulates his narrative (You must watch with a discerning eye and have more than a passing flirtation with cinema in order to understand his work and to what he was reacting against.) . The camera, as in Breathless, is his brush, and the screen's image is his canvas. Full Review »
  2. StephanieK.
    Aug 26, 2005
    2
    I did not see the charm of this movie. It was psychologically inane. None of the characters had any appeal. There was an inordinate amount of scenes where the characters were simply running around, either on foot or in a car. I found it boring. Perhaps the charm has to do with how it was filmed, but for me, it did not redeem it. Full Review »