Breathless (1983)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 13, 1983
DVD Release Date: May 15, 2001
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

A wanton, playful film, belying the stated despair by its boiling energy.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The attitudes on display are so distanced and derivative that the picture still seems to have no life or identity of its own.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

An inferior remake, but trashy fun nonetheless.

Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Dustin Putman

"Breathless" is both sexy and maddening in the best way.

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TV Guide

Remaking a movie is always a dicey proposition. Remaking a classic is even dicier. This version of Breathless? No dice.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

A much better remake than its reputation implies

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Red Lats
My logical mind doesn't get what Monica sees in Jesse, but love isn't usually logical.
Dean McKenna
This remake of the classic French 1959 Godard film is very good drama, romance and a bit thriller. French actress Valerie Kaprisky is apparently the hottest in… More
Conner Rainwater
I'm not ashamed to say that I enjoy this version a lot more than John Luc Goddard's. I know this must seem like blasphemy to most, but this American… More
Dean King
A very good, steamy thriller about a man on the run who meets a beautiful girl and wants her to join him.