(1955)

Critic Reviews

97

Metascore

Based on 13 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Entertainment Weekly
It becomes as savage as ''Reservoir Dogs,'' ''The Killing,'' or any of the other dozens of films over which it still casts a shadow.
100
Boston Globe
It's terse, atmospheric, fatalistic, with vertiginous camera angles and edits offsetting its gray documentary flatness.
100
The new print does justice to Philippe Agostini's splendidly atmospheric cinematography.
100
Chicago Tribune
No matter how many heists you've seen, how many gangs you've watched fall apart or how many aging crooks you've seen walk up a mean street to a violent destiny, Rififi never loses its ruthless grace and force.
100
Christian Science Monitor
Among the picture's many surprises is a superb robbery scene filmed in a near-total silence that contrasts exhilaratingly with the noisy flamboyance of more recent films in this venerable genre.
100
San Francisco Examiner
A sweaty-browed exercise in precision filmmaking, but one that doesn't cheat you with wisps of tension and the pretense of attitude.
100
Baltimore Sun
Rififi, with its stark visuals, dark humor and constrained performances, earned Dassin the Best Director nod at the Cannes Film Festival and a secure place in film history.
100
Manages to inject more than a little humor into this tension-filled genre classic.
100
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The granddaddy of all caper/heist movies. The work that defined the genre for the subsequent four decades of filmmakers, none of whom was able to surpass it for style or suspense.
100
But the human elements -- jealousy, anger, weakness, fortitude, loyalty, vengeance and honor, all acted out by a resolutely realistic cast -- make the movie extraordinary.

More Critic Reviews

See all external reviews for Rififi (1955) »

See also

Awards | FAQ | User Reviews | User Ratings | External Reviews | Message Board