Zazie dans le métro (Zazie in the Subway)
Zazie dans le métro (Zazie in the Subway) (1960)

The lighthearted comedy Zazie Dans Le Metro, an early directorial effort from Louis Malle, stars Catherine Demongeot as a 12-year-old girl named Zazie. Zazie is forced to travel to Paris when her mother wants to rendezvous with her lover.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 28, 1960
DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ty Burr
Entertainment Weekly

So inventive that it's exhausting, this is a rare thing indeed -- a family film for cynics.

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Time Out

It has survived the years much better than other indulgent frolics, mainly because Malle really does seem motivated by gleeful malice and anarchy -- he's not just toying with a fashionable mood.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Jazzy and daring...takes Raymond Queneau's novel-the sort generally considered 'unfilmable' and makes a film so cinematic as to appear sui generis. [Blu-ray]

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Arguably Louis Malle's best work.

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Eric Melin

Malle uses tons of editing tricks, both crude and cutting edge for the time, and turns Paris into a wild playground for a wonderfully anarchic romp.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Zazie, you're so darned adorable, you even make getting picked up by Aqualung look like fun.

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It has some risible bits but is, in all, somewhat diffuse.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a fun movie in its own way, but also one that wears on you by the end, as Malle exhausts us while exhausting his arsenal of cinematic tricks

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Michael Atkinson
Turner Classic Movies Online

Malle's movie is an anarchist farce, baldly, bravely approximating the worldview of its titular heroine, a spritely, irreverent, vandalizing brat.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Borrowing stylistically from both silent film and cartoons, this visit to Paris circa 1960 is filled with zany wacky fun, yes, but often the feeling that… More
Arash Xak
This movie is nuts, I was specially surprised to see a movie like this by someone like Malle, Fun & smart
Greg S
Young Zazie goes to Paris and stays with her exotic dancer uncle (really!); the only thing she wants to see is the Metro, but the workers are on strike, so she… More
Walter M.
"Zazie dans le Metro" starts with Gabriel(Philippe Noiret) bemoaning the state of Parisian cleanliness before picking up his niece Zazie(Catherine… More
JY Skacto
Louis Malle delivers one heck of a film in <i>Zazie dans le metro</i>.<p>Zazie arrives in Paris wanting to see the metro; unfortunately, the… More
Chris Browning
A perfect blend of Art House and International and Comedy, Zazie dans le metro (Zazie in the Subway) is an amazingly captivating and fun film. Louis… More