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A botched attempt to remake Jean-Luc Godard's classic nouvelle vague entry, Á Bout de souffle, Breathless follows Jesse (Richard Gere), a fugitive wanted for the murder of a police officer. In the course of his flight from the law, he hitches up with a beautiful French college student (the stunning Valerie Kaprisky), and together the two attempt to escape to Mexico. From start to finish, Breathless places style over substance; the film is almost insufferably hip, although its hipness now seems more dated than a time capsule. More attention seems paid to wardrobe, set design and soundtrack… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A wanton, playful film, belying the stated despair by its boiling energy."
‑ , Time Out
"The attitudes on display are so distanced and derivative that the picture still seems to have no life or identity of its own."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Remaking a movie is always a dicey proposition. Remaking a classic is even dicier. This version of Breathless? No dice."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"I still don't understand why Mr. McBride and Mr. Carson elected to do the film but, considering the more obvious possible pitfalls, they could have done a lot worse. That is meant to be praise."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A much better remake than its reputation implies"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"The result is a stylistic exercise without any genuine human concerns we can identify with -- and yet, an exercise that does have a command of its style, is good-looking, fun to watch, and develops a certain morbid humor."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"An inferior remake, but trashy fun nonetheless."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
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