Movies Like The French Connection

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The French Connection Reviews

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Andrew Collins
Radio Times

This crime drama from director William Friedkin brings a fluid, documentary-style realism to Ernest Tidyman's adaptation that makes it one of the most influential movies of a very fertile decade for American film.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

February 12, 2014
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

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.

Full Review Source: Guardian

February 19, 2013
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

January 18, 2013
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a classic bit of '70s filmmaking.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 12, 2012
Andrew Collins
Empire Magazine

Hard as nail crime saga with a blistering central performance.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

February 13, 2012
Budd Wilkins
Slant Magazine

Four decades after its initial release, William Friedkin's Oscar-sweeper The French Connection remains an electrifying achievement.

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

September 11, 2011
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

Exciting cinema that's not to be missed by those in search of a fast-paced, well-crafted thriller.

Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 76/100

February 14, 2010
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews

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 Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews | Original Score: 8/10

December 15, 2009
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Views

March 14, 2009
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

With its deathless car chase, Friedkin's film became an instant American classic... [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 4/4

February 22, 2009
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

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 Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 91/100

February 20, 2009
Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
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A knockout police thriller with so much jarring excitement that it almost calls for comic-book expletives. POW! ZOWIE!

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

February 20, 2009
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

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 Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 4/4

October 18, 2008

Film4

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 Source: Film4 | Original Score: 5/5

February 19, 2008
Robert B. Frederick
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 19, 2008
David Fear
Time Out New York
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William Friedkin's symphony of long, sharp shocks is memorable for any number of sequences.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 5/5

January 18, 2008
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Popeye also earned counterculture points by mistakenly shooting a federal agent and exhibiting a conspicuous lack of remorse.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 28, 2007
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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This 1971 thriller about a heroin bust is solid, slick filmmaking, full of dirty cops, shrewd operators, and slam-bang action.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 13, 2006
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

This is your typical cop movie with good performances from Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3/4

December 2, 2006
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

An excellent thriller, with one of the best chase scenes in American film, that also revolves around a fascinating character, a tough, vulgar, bigoted cop, obsessed with his job, splendidly played by Gene Hackman in an Oscar-winning turn.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: 4/5

July 3, 2006
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