Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Jan 20, 2011
    91
    While the film is no groundbreaker, it is a paragon of elegance without austerity, and there's nothing like being in the confident hands of a master filmmaker.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Feb 10, 2011
    88
    Chabrol's final picture was designed with Depardieu in mind. It's a small work. Yet it's so pleasurably well-made, so obviously the work of major talents in a comfortable groove, why carp about the scale or ambition of the project?
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Feb 9, 2011
    88
    Chabrol as always shows a tenderness toward the lives of people who are exceptional only because crime touches them.
  4. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Oct 28, 2010
    80
    The ease and professionalism that distinguished this prolific director's later work is very much in evidence, as is an insouciant attitude, at once resigned and dismissive, toward mortality.
  5. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Oct 28, 2010
    80
    Inspector Bellamy is dedicated to the memory of two famous Georges: the drily ironic singer Brassens, and Georges Simenon, whose crime novels go for the jugular of bourgeois France - and dig deep into the black hearts of those who, just when they imagine they have hit bottom, can always sink lower.
  6. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Oct 27, 2010
    80
    This final film -- after so many dazzling studies of adultery, such as "La Femme Infidele (1969) -- is a touching and unfashionable hymn to married love. [1 Nov. 2010, p.121]
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Dec 9, 2010
    75
    Inspector Bellamy leaves a sense not unlike a summary of Chabrol's entire career -- of guilty stains seeping away in every direction, of motives hidden and of endless stories that frustrate full understanding. To Chabrol, no life is ever a closed case.
  8. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Feb 10, 2011
    70
    Depardieu brings such easygoing authority to the title character that you're pulled into the investigation, even as Bellamy becomes increasingly bewildered by his home life.
  9. Reviewed by: J. Hoberman
    Oct 26, 2010
    70
    It's an ostensive crime film at once symmetrical, surprising, and knowingly cinephilic.
  10. Reviewed by: Boyd Van Hoeij
    Oct 26, 2010
    70
    This upscale talkfest, which delights in its witty banter and sly references, could be helmer's most commercial work in quite some time.
  11. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Dec 9, 2010
    67
    Depardieu and Marie Bunel (as Bellamy's wife) have a terrific interplay, but Chabrol's sharp direction can't quite rescue his fuzzy script.
  12. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Jan 5, 2011
    63
    A dry and moody piece built on closely-observed characters, not on thrills or an unraveling plot.
  13. Reviewed by: Richard Mowe
    Dec 9, 2010
    60
    That sense of mischief and pleasure in the craft makes Bellamy a thoroughly intriguing and likeable experience. From Chabrol we would expect nothing less.
  14. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Oct 26, 2010
    60
    Depardieu and Cornillac's sibling rivalry, which segues between mostly verbal smackdowns and liquored-up bursts of merriment, is beautifully observed, as is the relationship between the detective and his devoted wife (the wonderful Marie Bunel). The thriller stuff, by comparison, is just a lot of perfunctory deadweight.
  15. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Dec 9, 2010
    50
    Recently deceased master filmmaker Claude Chabrol's 50th and final feature, Inspector Bellamy, proves a sadly bland footnote to an illustrious and influential career.

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