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The Crimson Rivers (Les Rivières pourpres) (2000)



Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 10

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Two very different policemen seeking the truth about separate crimes find a terrible common link in this thriller from France. Pierre Niemans (Jean Reno) is a noted French detective assigned to investigate a brutal murder at a prestigious college located high in the Alps; the victim was first disfigured and dismembered, then strangled to death. Niemans soon realizes the murder was not an isolated incident when several similarly mangled corpses are discovered. Meanwhile, in a town 150 miles away,

Oct 16, 2001

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All Critics (61) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (17) | DVD (14)

This is a French film desperate to please an American audience.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (2)
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Could teach many an American thriller a thing or two about sophisticated creepiness.

August 31, 2001
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It ends up being more about stage blood and stupid plot tricks.

August 10, 2001
Washington Post
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By movie's end, you'd swear you were on Hollywood Boulevard, with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon 11.

August 10, 2001
Washington Post
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The most American French movie ever, it's like a Hollywood blockbuster that accidentally got made by smart people. And it's excellent.

August 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Some actors are just automatically the moral locus of every scene they're in. They're the major movie stars, and Reno is one of those.

August 10, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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It has good tough-cop banter, a couple of satisfying action scenes ... and a load of plot twists you won't see coming.

January 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
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Un interesante thriller sangriento que muestra que el género no está muerto, y que los franceses saben hacerlo increíblemente bien.

October 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinenganos

A film more likely to make scratch your head than bite your nails all the way home.

April 29, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

...silly but immensely entertaining...

October 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

I cherish the rush I got, and I can only laugh at all the problems I came up with when I thought the movie through.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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The film has a finely tuned drive, an intriguing build in its plot, and a unique style that balances atmosphere and absurdity.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
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Director Matthieu Kassovitz ratchets up the tension and never lets go as he tells separate stories of two police detectives whose investigations eventually overlap.

December 4, 2001 Full Review Source:

A bizarre murder mystery from director/writer Mathieu Kassovitz.

November 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...culminates in a flat, obvious ending that does not satisfy.

September 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

"The Crimson Rivers" is being marketed as "Seven" meets "The Silence of the Lambs," but plays like "The Boys From Brazil" meets "Cliffhanger."

September 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Runs the gamut from roaring water waves to a puddle.

August 27, 2001 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

A good thriller with all the right thrills and all the right twists.

August 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Kassovitz keeps the proceedings spooky enough to hold your attention and grisly enough to turn your stomach.

August 14, 2001

A wild ride, even if it often transgresses logic and believability.

August 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for The Crimson Rivers (Les Rivières pourpres)

Not incredible, but works good enough for time pass.
December 27, 2012

Super Reviewer

3 and 3/4's. Pretty good. I'm not really on board with alot of French films, but this was rather enjoyabe. EXCEPT...they threw in some strange fight scene, with an even stranger video game sound effect voice over. MINUS half a point for that lame move....otherwise, pretty decent movie.
March 24, 2012

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It's the Silence of the Lambs meets Seven. A first-rate edge of your seat thriller. Spine-tingling, heart-racing and nerve-frying. Chilling and unforgettable. A breathtaking thrill-ride. Tension and suspense in unbearable doses that will blow you away all the way to the explosive finish. You wont know what hit you right until the very end. It's intense, stylish and outstanding. Vincent Cassel and Jean Reno are sensational. They are an impressive combination. A terrific and brilliantly original thriller. An unstoppable adrenaline-rush that has the suspense and action to back it up.
February 20, 2011

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