De Zaak Alzheimer (The Memory of a Killer) (The Alzheimer Case) Reviews

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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
August 6, 2008
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
December 24, 2005
It is distinguished by the intelligence of its plotting and the fullness of its characterizations: These are believable people, not merely plot fodder.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 29, 2005
A jaw-dropping premise so smartly executed that if this movie weren't in Flemish I'd swear that Michael Mann had directed it.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 26, 2005
Close, but not quite.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 26, 2005
Though Memory works perfectly well as a policier, it works even better as a character study of a man losing his edge.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 24, 2005
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Houston Chronicle
September 24, 2005
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
September 23, 2005
The film won't put you at the edge of your seat, but will keep your attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
September 22, 2005
This Belgian film has the sheen of polished Hollywood product, amplified by continental elegance and depth.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 22, 2005
Decleir's tough-guy vulnerability, which brings to mind such classic screen heavies as Lee J. Cobb and Richard Widmark, gives an otherwise standard police procedural extraordinary grace and power.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
September 9, 2005
Decleir is so commanding in the role that it's easy to dismiss the film's generic trappings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 8, 2005
As slick, fast and terrifyingly violent as a top-grade American crime thriller, but a lot smarter than most.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 8, 2005
Contains the elements of a typical police procedural, transcended and brought to a sad perfection by the performance of a veteran Belgian actor named Jan Decleir.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
September 2, 2005
We shouldn't commiserate with an assassin, but part of the movie's skill is in making us share Angelo's dread at what's happening to him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 2, 2005
An entertaining new crime procedural from Belgium.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 31, 2005
In a summer that hasn't seen many good foreign films, The Memory of a Killer is one worth seeking out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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August 29, 2005
A gratifyingly slick and fast-moving Flemish thriller, directed by Erik Van Looy, with superb acting.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 26, 2005
Overall I found the film a puzzling mixture of convincing local atmospherics and pretentious imported grandeur.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 26, 2005
Writer-director Erik Van Looy keeps the action moving briskly.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
August 26, 2005
[An] absorbing, operatic Belgian detective thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 25, 2005
This is one terrific thriller with several wicked tricks up its sleeve, each more satisfying than the last.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 25, 2005
In the rather less twisty [than Memento], if nicely kinked Belgian thriller The Memory of a Killer, the title character faces his own dangerous adversary, except that here the enemy hot on his heels is dementia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 25, 2005
This thriller is more textured than the usual exercise in its genre.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
August 25, 2005
Thanks to Erik Van Looy's potent direction and solid performances, that setup pays off handsomely.
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Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly
August 25, 2005
Director Erik Van Looy has filmmaking chops to spare, and while he has created a sharply shot and crisply paced film, he isn't able to make it all cohere, as the moving parts spin in place without any connection or harmony.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
August 25, 2005
Essentially an above-par television crime thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 24, 2005
The director, Erik Van Looy, knows how to spin a well-oiled policier, but he jacks up the action with 'existential' flash cuts that, like the rest of the movie, end up signifying less than meets the eye.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Leslie Camhi
Village Voice
August 23, 2005
Van Looy has created a fast-paced and stylish thriller.