Made in U.S.A.
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Made in U.S.A.

1966
Crime
Mystery
1h 30m
A journalist, Paula Nelson, arrives in Atlantic City, France, to look for her missing ex-boyfriend Richard Politzer. Her enquiries soon reveal that he is dead, murdered by an unknown assassin. Suspecting that Richard may have been the victim of political intrigue, Paula allies herself with gun-toting gangsters, shady police operatives and a writer of detective fiction to try to uncover the truth...
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Made in U.S.A.

1966
Crime
Mystery
1h 30m
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Avg Percentile 46.15% from 366 total ratings

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Rated 02 Dec 2010
35
90th
"Godard's films are records (documentaries, even) of personal interests, ecstasies, and agonies at a particular time in the artist's life." - Fernando F. Croce
Rated 30 Oct 2010
2
21st
At some point Godard became content to let his characters function as little more than soapboxes for himself. Made in U.S.A. is one of those instances where he comes off as a sterile intellectual, favoring political statements at the expense of emotional leverage. It's not completely without merit though, boasting a cartoonish and sarcastic visual flair that offsets the tedium of its ideas, plus I think there are few actresses more worthy of the adoration Godard affords Anna Karina.
Rated 30 Nov 2011
60
39th
Godard being Godard. In this context, that means Godard doing his usual, using the medium as a means of criticism, but forgetting to actually make something truly compelling. As it stands, Made in USA has a lot of visual pop, but its characters largely exist as mouthpieces for tiresome Godard lectures. An interesting watch if only for its nods to Ray, Bogart and Hawks.
Rated 17 Jan 2012
87
80th
So weird, but I can't help but love it.
Rated 02 May 2009
50
34th
walt disney with blood
Rated 24 Dec 2010
5
0th
Made in U.S.A. is a tonic experience; its style is both vibrant and severe like Godard's 1985 Detective. But it's also Godard's most soulful movie.
Rated 18 Sep 2013
82
71st
81.500
Rated 16 Jul 2011
73
40th
I think I'd rather watch a real Richard Widmark movie.
Rated 11 Jun 2011
84
84th
Probably deserves a rewatch down the line... some of Godard's best visuals/set-design, plus it's funny. But it's also easy to get lost while watching it and the "plot" feels superfluous amidst all the essayist deconstruction and philosophical trickery. Definitely better than it's companion piece Two or Three Things... though, and Karina has never been lovelier.
Rated 23 Sep 2010
60
34th
Great concept, terrible execution. Karina looked great.
Rated 23 May 2012
85
59th
This one works a lot more than 2 or 3 Things... because it mixes its politics with Godard's cool version of noir and it has typically stunning cinematography and a gorgeous Anna Karina in a typically good performance. There are a couple of scenes that drag but for the most part everything works. And there's a lot of good dialogue, like that line about Walt Disney with blood.
Rated 12 Aug 2014
65
8th
The movie condemns miniskirts and rock&roll as manner of fascist brainwashing, but more invested in the kitschy modernism in mainstream of Western culture than any movie Godard made prior or since. Paula asserts that advertising is a form of fascism, representing the director. It's a legitimate grievance and an upsetting one, considering that Made in U.S.A. is a relentless commercial for itself. Perhaps the cleverest thing about it might be its title, which offers perspective on that element.
Rated 24 Apr 2012
76
57th
76.000
Rated 22 Jul 2009
55
11th
Awfully tedious. Boring word games, barrage of shallow political jargon, uninteresting observations... the usual Godard bullshit. I'm fine with him deconstructing cinema and tossing narrative structure to the wayside. But if you're going to do that, you'd better come up with some good stuff to take its place. And here he rarely succeeds. There aren't many magic moments to be had, but the color scheme is lovely and there are a few stretches where I wasn't thinking about what a bratty putz he is.
Rated 16 Feb 2020
50
44th
There are ideas aplenty here, but one could also be forgiven for thinking that by 1966 Godard was already running out of good ones. Score would have been lower still, had it not ended with Anna Karina in the passenger seat of a car declaring in a tragic tone that we have years of struggle ahead of us, mostly within ourselves.
Rated 12 Jan 2022
52
38th
unfinishable

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