The Swindle
The Swindle (1997)

In this old-fashioned comedy thriller, con artists Betty and Victor make their living robbing conventioneers at posh European resorts until Betty snags the treasurer of an international corporation who is planning to embezzle a fortune.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 24, 1997
DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A work of superb yet unpretentious film craftsmanship by a past master and an impeccable cast and crew.

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James Berardinelli

Like The Grifters and Bound, The Swindle succeeds because, in addition to telling an engaging crime story with vivid characters, it never takes itself too seriously.

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Sean Axmaker

It takes too long to get started and the playful coda is far too precious, but Chabrol builds to a vice-grip tension as small timers face the terror of big time killers...

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Even when it threatens to sink into the familiar mechanics of a double-dealing heist story, Chabrol keeps curiosity piqued, the actors delightful and the outcome in sufficient question.

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Paul Tatara

This is a piece of fluff that dissolves like a sugar cube as you watch it.

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David Cornelius

As a cinematic confection from one of the masters, it's cotton candy, evaporating before it ever gets good.

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Amy Taubin
Village Voice

A failed attempt at frivolity.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Chabrol's 50th film, made with the practiced ease of a master.

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Christopher Null

unfunny and unthrilling

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
Light, sympathetic mildly twisted, cynic and amusing film from the french master of intrigue Claude Chabrol.
Emily B.
One of the better Chabrol thrillers of the 80s/90s thanks to it's sly humour and performance by Isabelle Huppert.