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98

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. A timeless romantic thriller that steeps us in one of those great artificial movie worlds that become more overpowering than reality itself.
  2. This masterpiece of poetic realism features one of Gabin's most renowned performances, a smart subtext about French colonialism, and enough exotic atmosphere to keep your head in the clouds long after the final scene.
  3. It turns out that Pepe Le Moko is even better than "Algiers."
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    100
    Foreign intrigue is raised to an art form.
  5. Above all, the film is a classic of "poetic realism," that distinct brand of pessimistic '30s French urban drama that gave lyrical, sometimes even surrealistic, interpretations to working-class romances and underworld characters, settings and dramas.
  6. 100
    Beautifully crafted, movingly acted, still involving and entertaining, this is just the kind of film people are talking about when they say they don't make them like this anymore.
  7. 100
    One of the most purely enjoyable films ever made.
  8. Not to be missed. And pay close attention to the finale. It's a genuine surprise.
  9. An early voice-over segment about the Casbah itself, before Gabin makes an appearance, is so pungent you can almost taste the place, even though the filming was clearly done in a studio.
  10. The movie elevated the basic gangster picture into what became known as the niche genre of poetic realism. And, aside from Garbo, never have key lights on a star's face caused so much swooning among fans.

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