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After several years of making films to please only himself, French director Jean-Luc Godard once more invites the audience to the party with The Detective. Not that there's anything so blase as a linear plot or appealing characters, but at least some of Godard's isolated vignettes are accessible this time around. Set in the Hotel Concorde at St. Lazare, the film is set in motion when miserably married Nathalie Baye and Claude Brasseur attempt to collect a debt from mob-plagued boxing manager Johnny Hallyday. Meanwhile, hotel detective Jean-Pierre Leaud tries to solve an old murder… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jean-Luc Godard's 1985 deconstruction of film noir has the lightness and comic zip of some of his 60s features, though the mix of elements isn't quite as rich."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Very rich comedy about the age of video"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Vintage Godard with a jumpy storyline and misunderstandings between men and women."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Built on the charisma of its stars and on memories of the great thrillers of the 40s, tenuously held together by Godard's romantic pessimism, curiosity and sense of humour, it's co-dedicated, sensibly, to Clint Eastwood."
‑ , Time Out
"Drawing upon a multitude of genres and styles, from film noir and crime to slapstick comedy, Détective is a variable but entertaining experiment."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"Jean-Luc Godard's hotel-based film noir borders on farce: as conventional as he gets, but still inventive, subversive and darkly comic."
‑ Fran Hortop, Film4
"You can't afford to miss it if you aren't afraid of a little hard work."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Godard's interest, however, is not in the crime (or even the plot) but in playing with the film medium--sounds, music, dialog, images (both video and film), and the written word."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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