Polytechnique Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
June 29, 2011
Nicely anticipates Villeneuve's 2010 masterpiece, Incendies, another story of forgiveness in a cruel, cold world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 28, 2011
The virtue - and also the limitation - of this movie is that it confronts senselessness and insists on remaining calm and sane.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
June 28, 2011
Polytechnique smartly exposes the spectrum of misogyny without overplaying the connection between the two incidents. Which makes the concluding flash-forward scene all the more disappointing.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
June 26, 2011
Denis Villeneuve's unnerving abstraction of the subject matter daringly relays his view of the human cost of gender warfare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 11, 2010
Villeneuve does a superb job of slowly-but-surely building the tension in the time frame before Lépine begins his assault...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
July 7, 2010
The pure emotion and the truths layered into the film Polytechnique are raw, real and devastating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 7, 2010
The tragic art of Polytechnique isn't what it shows or reveals but rather the contemplation it inspires. There are moments in life when nothing makes sense and sadness descends; this is one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rob Nelson
Variety
September 1, 2009
Lensed in black-and-white, the 77-minute film is plenty arty and only arguably constructive in its tasteful fictionalization of a violent tragedy.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
May 20, 2009
Filmed in black and white, the French-language film does not set out to comprehend the crime other than to suggest that the shooter (played with a vacant stare by Maxim Gaudette) was a pathetic loser who chose to blame women for his empty life.
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
April 26, 2009
Almost from beginning to end, we're filled with dread and, I must say, a morbid sense of anticipation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 21, 2009
S'il ne parvient jamais à prouver sa nécessité, Polytechnique s'impose à tout le moins comme une oeuvre cinématographique tout ce qu'il y a de plus pertinente
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Denis Seguin
Screen International
April 10, 2009
Polytechnique is a sharply-observed piece of cinema if a simplistic exploration of the gender divide.

National Post
February 6, 2009
| Original Score: 3/4
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