La Mentale: The Code Reviews

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 13, 2004
Unpredictable deviations from the formula ... keep the film interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 12, 2004
The atmospheric, richly detailed La Mentale has terrific vitality with its volatile mixture of alternating camaraderie and savagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
February 12, 2004
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.
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Jon Strickland
L.A. Weekly
February 11, 2004
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.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 11, 2004
Le Bihan locates the internal simmer of a man considering the cost of giving up the only code he has ever known.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
April 9, 2004
[Samuel Le Bihan] should have Hollywood at his feet.... He's more the French Liam Neeson than the next Olivier Martinez.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
March 19, 2004
Think of The Code as an episode of The Sopranos stripped of humor or much insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 19, 2004
Every time Yanis leaves the screen, our interest lags.
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
February 13, 2004
A fumbling tribute to the philosophical French gangster films of the 1950's.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
February 13, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 13, 2004
A boring and violent French crime thriller.
| Original Score: 1/4
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
February 13, 2004
Just a bunch of idiots killing other idiots. You've seen it before.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

E! Online
February 13, 2004
This hack job simply apes the conventions of dumb, homegrown crime dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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David Ng
Village Voice
February 10, 2004
Attends to a thick stew of (soap-) operatic emotion, turning each internecine skirmish into an occasion for melodramatic brooding.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
February 4, 2004
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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