Metascore
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Universal acclaim - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Apr 24, 2013
    100
    Beyond the timelessness of the story itself, the film is beautifully shot and though early in Godard’s career already showcased his ability to capture emotional intensity in the very way he frames the shots.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Mar 5, 2013
    100
    Starting with Le Petit Soldat, Godard was forging his own individualistic art and becoming the most relevant director of our time.
  3. 100
    Even this early in his career, Godard knew how to make audiences viscerally experience and contemplate things they might otherwise not have wanted to.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Mar 5, 2013
    90
    It’s a classic espionage plot shot through with a typically heady mix of art and literary references: Klee and Velázquez, Bach and Haydn, Bernanos and Musil.
  5. Reviewed by: Drew Hunt
    Mar 5, 2013
    88
    Compared to "Breathless," Le Petit Soldat's images suggest a stronger sense of place, as characters seem inextricably linked to their environment. Overall, the film lacks the artifice of Hollywood cinema, which Godard admired but was looking to move past after catching flack from the French left wing.

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