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The Connection Reviews

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Richard Brody
New Yorker
January 4, 2016
The quartet of musicians, led by the pianist and composer Freddie Redd and the caustic-toned post-bop saxophonist Jackie McLean, perform brilliantly on-camera as they dramatize both the agonized wait and the needed high.
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
March 14, 2015
It's experimental theater meets cinéma verité with a self-aware sensibility: a drama in documentary form.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 24, 2015
An uncompromising look at a group of drug addicts waiting in a Manhattan loft for a heroin fix.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
October 9, 2012
Whatever its place on the scale of so-called authenticity, 'The Connection' is concerned with many of the same issues as its more legitimately underground successors. As someone in the movie observes: 'The question is, like why ain't we dead, y'know?'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 4, 2012
A lean, mean saga of jazz, junk and rebellion.
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
May 3, 2012
Exhausting and occasionally juvenile, The Connection is, nevertheless, an experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jaime N. Christley
Slant Magazine
May 3, 2012
The junkies, as expected, are the real show, and it's here that the theatrical predilections emerge, less "that Barton Fink feeling" and more The Iceman Cometh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 2, 2012
[Clarke] gets at the inner truth of addicts - that they're pining for transcendence in the void.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Phil Hall
Film Threat
April 30, 2012
A marvel of low-budget/high-imagination filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 27, 2012
The film retains the same beatnik wit that the play effectively distilled, as well as a few scary shocks.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 27, 2012
It is a jolting look at the drug crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 27, 2012
There is little about it to warrant the clamorous interest of the average moviegoer or to distinguish it as a significant piece of cinematic art.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bill Blick
Senses of Cinema
March 27, 2012
Shirley Clarke's work should continue to be screened, studied, and discussed, as she remains an iconoclastic artist who is vital to the development of the medium.
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Time Out
March 27, 2012
Some creaky business with a Salvation Army sister recalls the piece's stage origins, but the music and the sense of 'dead time' retain a 'beat' authenticity.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 7, 2006
Though now hailed as trailblazer for alternative cinema, at the time, Clarke's experimental work about heroin junkies, was so controversial that it was banned for a year due to its "foul" language.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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