Le Doulos
Le Doulos (1962)

Confusion and wrong assumptions are the cause of tragedy in this stylish gangster noir by director Jean-Pierre Melville. Maurice (Serge Reggiani) and Silien (Jean-Paul Belmondo) are friends going way back, and both have had a shady past.… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 2, 1962
DVD Release Date: October 7, 2008
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

As good as Melville's setups are, the joys of the movie keep returning to Belmondo, then and now the king of effortless cool.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

A cool, classy treat.

Catherine Pearson
Times (UK)

Jean-Pierre Melville presents a murky criminal underworld in his gangland classic.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

A tour de force.

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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com

A slippery, gripping cops-and-robbers thriller, full of twists and turns and ending with a tragicomic shootout you'll never forget.

Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

It's a moody, ruminative lowlife crime drama winding up with as many corpses on the floor as Hamlet, and pungent with the sweaty maleness of Melville's tough-guy pictures.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Even back in 1962, Melville made the usual suspects feel new by wrapping them in gorgeous desolation.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Mr. Belmondo, as usual, maintains a sinister air, but it has no particular meaning, beyond showing that a crook is a crook is a crook.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

[A] flawed but fascinating crime thriller ...

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
Terrific 'stylized' French noir! (Does anyone else think that Serge Reggiani looks like Mr. Bean?)
Stephen M
This brilliant French film noir is one of Jean-Pierre Melville's explorations of underworld codes of honour. A disorientating examination of duplicity and… More
danny d
easily one of the most gripping and fulfilling films i have ever seen. the film has enough twists to fill a lifetime, shifting the direction of the characters… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Le Doulos", Maurice Faugel(Serge Reggiani) is just out of jail after five years and wastes no time getting reacquainted with… More
Stella Dallas
a fantastic heist film and the best melville i've seen to date. it's right up there with rififi and the asphalt jungle in my book. jean paul… More
Ryan Marshall
8.3/10 Jean-Pierre Melville is yet another filmmaker whose work I am just not discovering. He is a French filmmaker, but you probably already knew… More