• Released
  • January 2, 1970
  • 2 hr 20 min
  • Post-Noir (Modern Noir)
    Crime Thriller
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A slo-mo gem of gangster cool, of vintage Hollywood noir reimagined by a French new waver in love with American cars, American jazz, and...
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Watching Le Cercle Rouge, we're caught up in a world that, however improbable some of its twists and turns seem, strikes us as a perfect,...
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
A glistening gem among caper movies, this impeccably elegant jewel-heist drama takes its title from Buddhist lore, its cast from France's...
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The antidote to every square tough-guy caper you've ever seen, and the inspiration for many great ones. It is an existential imperative to...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
There is one cool, understated scene after another.
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100

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
For some of us, this constitutes a religious event.
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91

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Sean Axmaker
When it was released in the United States more than 30 years ago, its distributor hacked away 40 minutes of its precise structure. This...
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88

Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
As film noirs go, this one is a classic.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Clearly a minor classic, mainly for reasons besides its crime story plot -- namely, the urbane fatalism of its cast and the overall mood of...
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
If you've got the patience, this is still one of the all-time exercises in cinematic cool.
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