Unpredictable deviations from the formula ... keep the film interesting.
| Original Score: 3/5
The atmospheric, richly detailed La Mentale has terrific vitality with its volatile mixture of alternating camaraderie and savagery.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
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.
Le Bihan locates the internal simmer of a man considering the cost of giving up the only code he has ever known.
| Original Score: B-
[Samuel Le Bihan] should have Hollywood at his feet.... He's more the French Liam Neeson than the next Olivier Martinez.
| Original Score: 2/5
Think of The Code as an episode of The Sopranos stripped of humor or much insight.
| Original Score: 2/4
Every time Yanis leaves the screen, our interest lags.
A fumbling tribute to the philosophical French gangster films of the 1950's.
A routine gangster picture with a lot of internecine turf wars and a rush of angry dialogue being spat about, accompanied by English subtitles.
A boring and violent French crime thriller.
| Original Score: 1/4
Just a bunch of idiots killing other idiots. You've seen it before.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
This hack job simply apes the conventions of dumb, homegrown crime dramas.
| Original Score: D
Attends to a thick stew of (soap-) operatic emotion, turning each internecine skirmish into an occasion for melodramatic brooding.
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.