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: 95% 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.

Fernando F. Croce

The Möbius strip of noir ambiguity, as hard and shivery and tortuous as can be

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

A tour de force.

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Andrew O'Hehir

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

Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Le Doulos roots itself in traditional noir themes of providence, of loyalty and betrayal, of male codes of honor, and ultimately of man's inability to escape his lot in life.

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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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Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

The macho criminal underworld of French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville has a nasty, nearly misogynistic edge here...

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% 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