Police Beat Reviews

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
June 17, 2013
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.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 3, 2006
A very strange but affecting movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 14, 2006
Its dreamlike state makes for mesmerizing viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 13, 2006
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 | Original Score: B
Mike Russell
June 23, 2006
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 | Original Score: B
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Joe Leydon
May 6, 2006
Distinctive, physically ravishing indie.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 28, 2006
... a delicately funny tale about everyday surrealism.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Rob Nelson
Village Voice
April 25, 2006
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.
Peter Hanson
Film Threat
May 6, 2006
Police Beat can't quite figure out what it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 28, 2006
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
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James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter
April 11, 2006
Experiment in film form is interesting but doesn't quite pay off.
Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine
April 11, 2006
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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San Francisco Chronicle
April 7, 2007
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