Nick's Top 100 Films (100 movies items)
gives his most memorable performance as an ice-cold assassin above such mundane
concerns as moral conscience. Though violent in its subject matter, Jean-Pierre
Melville’s film is also cool, meticulously lit, and classically framed. It
operates in a kind of dream state. It’s the opposite of the fevered emotional style of
most gangster films." - William Friedkin"