Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot Goes Wild) (Crazy Pete)
Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot Goes Wild) (Crazy Pete) (1969)

After abandoning his wife and infant daughter for the new babysitter, a woman he'd loved and lost several years earlier, an errant husband embarks on a haphazard road to tragedy.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 8, 1969
DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Colorful, subversive, and overall beguiling, Pierrot le Fou is arguably Jean-Luc Godard's quintessential work.

TIME Magazine

The melodramatic sluice-of-life interludes are what ultimately swamp the film's modest blend of whimsy and melancholy.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Made in 1965, this film, with its ravishing colors and beautiful 'Scope camerawork by Raoul Coutard, still looks as iconoclastic and fresh as it did when it belatedly opened in the U.S.

David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Godard abandoned the conventions of narrative cinema and adopted a loose picaresque format around which he could arrange subversive generic tropes, poetic digressions, political ideas and comic-book escapades.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

A wild-eyed, everything-in-the-pot cross-processing of artistic, cinematic, political and personal concerns, where the story stutters, splinters and infuriates its way to an explosive finale.

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Variety Staff

The result is repetitive and precious rather than inventive and fresh.

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Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

There's cool and then there's Jean-Paul Belmondo. No one ever made being bored look so exciting, and the effortlessly graceful and impossibly hip actor gave the mid-'60s nouvelle vague a needed macho punch.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

So challenging and prolific has been Godard's 53-year career that virtually all of his films are as deserving of revival as Pierrot le Fou.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I once wrote of it as "Godard's most virtuoso display of his mastery of Hollywood genres," I now see it more as the story of silly characters who have seen too many Hollywood movies.

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Marco Lanzagorta

Few would deny that Pierrot Le Fou is [Godard's] most innovative, iconoclast, and subversive film to date.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
a step beyond À bout de souffle lies godard's avant-garde bonnie and clyde; not only influencing that film but likely influenced by it since he'd been… More
Jennifer Xu
I don't really enjoy this whole movement of French New Wave just because there is nothing I can relate to. It's one of those movies I can still stand… More
Elvira B
<p> This review was long overdue. It's been quite a while since I saw this but its images are very difficult to forget, and its freewheeling,… More
Adam Mahler
improvised from day to day
danny d
godard, belmondo, and karina team up again for a truly chaotic but wildly entertaining crime story that plays like a bonnie and clyde story with betrayal mixed… More
Mark Abell
I get it that Jean-Luc Godard is an auteur of the highest caliber. I get it that this is a cinematic abstract painting. I get it that it is filled with… More