Pickpocket (1959)

A pickpocket is blamed by his wife for bringing misery to other families and as well as to their own home. Although, he has promised to reform himself, he cannot find another line of work which would bring him a living wage. One day, after… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 1, 1959
DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

A picture so original in style that it sometimes seems downright peculiar.

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Edward Karam
Entertainment Weekly

French director Robert Bresson used his nonactors only once and orchestrated every gesture and glance; the performances that resulted are both mesmerizing and suffused with mystery.

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Tynan Yanaga
Film Inquiry

Pickpocket is an intricately staged, truly intimate character study from the imitable Robert Bresson instantly solidifying itself as one of his greatest works.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Robert Bresson made this short electrifying study in 1959; it's one of his greatest and purest films, full of hushed transgression and sudden grace.

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Time Out

Bresson's goals were deep; to sweep away the dross of expectation and viewing conventions by means of a purified cinema. At times in this thief's journal his visual discourse touches the sublime.

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Eric Melin

... it's the strange quality of non-actor Martin LaSalle that sets the film apart. Is he as dead inside as he appears to the outside world? His criminal existence alienates him from the people he cares about even as he continues to pursue it.

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David Denby
New Yorker

Bresson choreographs the complex techniques of lifting wallets and watches with such precision that one seems to be watching a kind of surreptitious ballet.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Ultimately inexplicable, this concentrated, elliptical, economical movie is an experience that never loses its strangeness.

Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

This mysterious film composed of silence and emptiness accumulates extraordinary power, and unleashes it in a profoundly moving moment.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Bresson's unemotional style and wooden performances may not be accessible to everyone but it is impressive how he holds our interest in the many minutiae… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Pickpocket", Michel is a pickpocket of some talent but very little knowledge. His mother who he cannot bring himself to… More
Devon Bott
Written and directed by acclaimed french film-maker Robert Bresson, Pickpocket is the stark story of an impoverished, would-be writer who takes to a life of… More
John Ballantine
Pickpocket is the glorious story of a pickpocket in the world inhabited by other grifters. It is a very memorable tale.
Eric Broome
The appeal of "Pickpocket" is less about its story (the title is self-explanatory) and more about the deft economy of Robert Bresson's direction.… More
Brian R
Pickpocket influenced Paul Schrader's film works "Taxi Driver", "American Gigolo", and "Light Sleeper". The story of a young… More