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The Rules of the Game


Jean Renoir

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About the Movie

Considered one of the greatest films ever made, The Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu), by Jean Renoir, is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners in which a weekend at a marquis’ country château lays bare some ugly truths about a group of haut bourgeois acquaintances. The film has had a tumultuous history: it was subjected to cuts after the violent response of the premiere audience in 1939, and the original negative was destroyed during World War II; it wasn’t reconstructed until 1959. That version, which has stunned viewers for decades, is presented here.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 44
  • Fresh: 43
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 9.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A deeply personal statement of unusual richness and complexity. – Howard Thompson, New York Times, Jun 3, 2014

Fresh: [The film] is a comedy, a tragedy, a portrait of class manners, a love story of touching caprice (who will Nora Gregor's Christine fall for? Whoever woos her at the right moment), and far and away the cinema's greatest midsummer night's dream. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: On the surface, a lace of flirtations, insinuations and rejections compose the basic plotting. But Renoir uses flashes of accelerating drama to amplify his bigger points. – Mark Chalon Smith, Los Angeles Times, Jun 3, 2014

Fresh: Like the very greatest artists in all media, Renoir was able to transcend his own perspective, his own prejudices, and glimpse something of the terror and wonder of human life, the pain of misapplied or rejected love, for rich as for poor. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Jun 3, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Renoirs great classic

For anyone who appreciates great visuals and sophisticated humor, this groundbreaking film, influential for generations of filmmakers to follow, is a must.

Ridiculous, French Nonsense

This is a lengthy, and rather forced, effort to justify infidelity by dismissing the permanent devastation it causes as merely some momentary unpleasantness, which always results in greater happiness for all. If you believe that infidelity is your best bet at achieving happiness, and you're looking for something that will make you feel justified in that belief, then here's your movie: A Fairy Tale for Cheaters.

The Rules of the Game
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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1939

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