Kill The Referee (les Arbitres) Reviews

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Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
August 19, 2011
What gives Les Arbitres an edge is that we can hear the dialogue between the referee and the players in the heat of battle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
August 7, 2011
It's a sober film, and impressionistic rather than analytical, with no commentary and no direct identification of teams, speakers or venues.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
August 5, 2011
The picture provides a compelling insight into the mindset required to be one of the "men in black": tough, masochistic and deeply vain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
August 5, 2011
If you've ever wondered how international referees deal with spoilt millionaires who play football and then Twitter their disgust at their decisions, watch this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
August 4, 2011
Films like this stand or fall on their characters and while Webb keeps us watching, he's not featured often enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
August 4, 2011
In its depiction of loneliness, The Referees slightly resembles the Channel Four TV documentary Graham Taylor: The Impossible Job, from 1994.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
August 4, 2011
Set during the 2008 European Football Championship, it takes advantage of privileged, UEFA-backed access to portray referees' intense, pressurised lives both on and off the field.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies
August 4, 2011
Merely a collage of snippets that hint at a more interesting and focussed narrative buried somewhere in the middle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Aldridge
Radio Times
August 4, 2011
The lives of football referees and linesmen have always been a bit of a mystery, but this fine, no-frills documentary provides some long-overdue insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Wally Hammond
Time Out
August 3, 2011
Even for footy fans, the film's a game of guesswork.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
August 3, 2011
Eschewing voice-over, director Yves Hinant spotlights the reality of an occupation where an unpopular call can result in death threats.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
August 3, 2011
Impressively directed documentary that takes an intriguing look at a little-seen aspect of football, both behind the scenes and on the pitch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Crook
Empire Magazine
August 3, 2011
A lot more interesting than it sounds. The refs are wired for sound and the insults slung in their direction more than earn that 15 rating. One for football fans and fans of bald men with flags.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 28, 2011
The approach is extremely low-key, with no narration or on-screen captions, and the result is a distinctly new look at the game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Charles Gant
Variety
August 19, 2011
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