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The French Connection Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
September 8, 2015
Gangbusters adjusted to the new decade's grungy ambiguity
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
March 11, 2015
Classic cop film with frequent profanity, violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
February 22, 2015
Its trigger-fast, explosive scenes and high-tension chase sequences (the one in "Bullitt" pales by comparison) will have you literally gasping for breath.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Bradshaw
February 19, 2013
To watch The French Connection now is to experience the shock of the old: a lost world of the city, and a lost style of film-making.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 18, 2013
There is only one problem with the excitement generated by this film. After it is over, you will walk out of the theater and, as I did, curse the tedium of your own life. I kept looking for someone who I could throw up against a wall.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 12, 2012
...a classic bit of '70s filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Andrew Collins
Empire Magazine
February 13, 2012
Hard as nail crime saga with a blistering central performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Budd Wilkins
Slant Magazine
September 11, 2011
Four decades after its initial release, William Friedkin's Oscar-sweeper The French Connection remains an electrifying achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
July 7, 2010
A true Hollywood classic.
Kevin Maher
Times [UK]
July 7, 2010
It's hard to imagine it now, but there are only two types of cop movie: pre and post-The French Connection. That's how big it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
February 14, 2010
Exciting cinema that's not to be missed by those in search of a fast-paced, well-crafted thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 76/100
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
December 15, 2009
well-acted, well-written and brilliantly directed film that could be recommended even to those viewers with little interest in history of cinema
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
March 14, 2009
Grounded in a gritty reality - and shot as such - it's still an action classic today that offers adrenaline-fueled pacing without insulting one's intelligence.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 22, 2009
With its deathless car chase, Friedkin's film became an instant American classic... [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
February 20, 2009
Fascinates us in an almost perverse way, gripping us with its tension, thrilling us with its action, and troubling us with its dystopic view of American society circa 1971.
Full Review | Original Score: 91/100
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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
February 20, 2009
A knockout police thriller with so much jarring excitement that it almost calls for comic-book expletives. POW! ZOWIE!
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
October 18, 2008
When people talk about the Golden Age of movies in the 1970s, this is one of the ones that they're talking about.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

February 19, 2008
Packed with memorable set pieces, tense action and a great script, this remains a classic cop thriller, and boasts one of Hackman's best performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
February 19, 2008
Producer Philip D'Antoni and screenwriter Ernest Tidyman have added enough fictional flesh to provide director William Friedkin and his overall topnotch cast with plenty of material, and they make the most of it.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
August 28, 2007
Popeye also earned counterculture points by mistakenly shooting a federal agent and exhibiting a conspicuous lack of remorse.
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