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La Mentale: The Code Reviews

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Unpredictable deviations from the formula ... keep the film interesting.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/5

February 13, 2004
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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The atmospheric, richly detailed La Mentale has terrific vitality with its volatile mixture of alternating camaraderie and savagery.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 12, 2004
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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Although it offers no new angles on the story engines of loyalty and revenge, the French film boasts an intriguing milieu and the off-center, hair-trigger intensity of Samy Naceri as a crime boss.

February 12, 2004
Jon Strickland
L.A. Weekly
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If the plot comes off more like a reworking of Scorsese's tales of Italian-American mobsters, Boursinhac nevertheless shows a sure hand with his story.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 11, 2004
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Le Bihan locates the internal simmer of a man considering the cost of giving up the only code he has ever known.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

February 11, 2004
Kent Turner

[Samuel Le Bihan] should have Hollywood at his feet.... He's more the French Liam Neeson than the next Olivier Martinez.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

April 9, 2004
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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Think of The Code as an episode of The Sopranos stripped of humor or much insight.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

March 19, 2004
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Every time Yanis leaves the screen, our interest lags.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

February 19, 2004
Dave Kehr
New York Times
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A fumbling tribute to the philosophical French gangster films of the 1950's.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 13, 2004
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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A routine gangster picture with a lot of internecine turf wars and a rush of angry dialogue being spat about, accompanied by English subtitles.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

February 13, 2004
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A boring and violent French crime thriller.

| Original Score: 1/4

February 13, 2004
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News

Just a bunch of idiots killing other idiots. You've seen it before.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 13, 2004

E! Online

This hack job simply apes the conventions of dumb, homegrown crime dramas.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: D

February 13, 2004
David Ng
Village Voice
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Attends to a thick stew of (soap-) operatic emotion, turning each internecine skirmish into an occasion for melodramatic brooding.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 10, 2004
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Not only is The Code visually unexciting, it doesn't seem to have a discernable point beyond trying to set up an elaborate shoot-out.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 4, 2004
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