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Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
An early voice-over segment about the Casbah itself, before Gabin makes an appearance, is so pungent you can almost taste the place, even...
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100

New Times (L.A.)

By David Ehrenstein
Not to be missed. And pay close attention to the finale. It's a genuine surprise.
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100

Boston Globe

Foreign intrigue is raised to an art form.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It turns out that Pepe Le Moko is even better than "Algiers."
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100

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By William Arnold
Above all, the film is a classic of "poetic realism," that distinct brand of pessimistic '30s French urban drama that gave lyrical,...
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100

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
One of the most purely enjoyable films ever made.
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100

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
Beautifully crafted, movingly acted, still involving and entertaining, this is just the kind of film people are talking about when they say...
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
This masterpiece of poetic realism features one of Gabin's most renowned performances, a smart subtext about French colonialism, and enough...
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A timeless romantic thriller that steeps us in one of those great artificial movie worlds that become more overpowering than reality itself.
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The movie elevated the basic gangster picture into what became known as the niche genre of poetic realism. And, aside from Garbo, never...
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