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Police Beat Reviews

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

Police Beat is an object so gorgeously odd, and so completely at peace with its own oddness, it's hard to compare it to anything else.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

June 17, 2013
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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A very strange but affecting movie.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 3, 2006
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Its dreamlike state makes for mesmerizing viewing.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 14, 2006
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

There are great flashes of Mudede's potent prose and the main character is fascinating -- a Sengalese Seattle bike cop who is going through a separation from his girlfriend while witnessing crimes and misdemeanors throughout the city.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B

July 13, 2006
Mike Russell

As in Mudede's column, the film's pleasures lie in the games it plays with language, in the way Seattle is rendered as a dreamscape both funny and frightening, in the way police work does battle with philosophy.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B

June 23, 2006
Joe Leydon
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Distinctive, physically ravishing indie.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 6, 2006
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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... a delicately funny tale about everyday surrealism.

| Original Score: 4/5

April 28, 2006
Rob Nelson
Village Voice
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Dreamlike in style, Police Beat is also a real-world vision of what American indies could be if they dared to recognize the drama in our own neighborhoods.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 25, 2006
Peter Hanson
Film Threat

Police Beat can't quite figure out what it wants to be.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2/5

May 6, 2006
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Police Beat looks great, and the performances are solid, but the disparate elements in this oddity -- which created a minor stir at the Sundance Film Festival last year -- never entirely coalesce.

| Original Score: 2/4

April 28, 2006
James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter
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Experiment in film form is interesting but doesn't quite pay off.

April 11, 2006
Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine

All the onscreen transgressions are so tightly packed into the film's 80 minutes that they play as increasingly ludicrous and unbelievable examples of community unrest.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 11, 2006

San Francisco Chronicle
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April 7, 2007
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