"A seminal French New Wave film that offers an honest, sympathetic, and wholly heartbreaking observation of adolescence without trite nostalgia."Rotten Tomatoes, The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups) (1959)
The film was widely acclaimed, winning numerous awards, including the Best Director Award at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival, the Critics Award of the 1959 New York Film Critics' Circle and the Best European Film Award at 1960's Bodil Awards. It was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 32nd Academy Awards. The film holds a very rare 100% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 54 reviews.
The film is among the top ten of the British Film Institute's list of 50 films that should be seen by age 14.