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Polisse Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
June 2, 2013
It has the makings for a pretty good cop show. But as a movie, this 'inside' look at the dozen or so dedicated members of the Parisian Child Protection Unit is conspicuously lacking in coherence and depth.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
April 22, 2012
Polisse has been compared to The Wire, but beyond a shared interest in the Sisyphean nature of police work, the two are mostly comparable as inverses of each other
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Levin
May 18, 2012
It's filled with shocking dialogue and disturbing content, but treats it all in a strangely facile way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 28, 2012
"Polisse" made me wonder how to say, "Its reach exceeds its grasp," in French.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 26, 2012
Though made as a feature film, Polisse looks suspiciously like a few episodes of medium-quality TV stapled together...a contender for one of the most overrated films of 2012.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Cole Smithey
May 16, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] French auteur Maiwenn's provocative slice-of-life examination of a Parisian Child Protection unit is haphazard to a fault.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
June 14, 2012
Even though it crumbles under any close scrutiny, you feel there would be scope for a less hysterical sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
July 29, 2012
Polisse connects fitfully through its sheer urgency -- it's a work of deep feeling. But the movie, which opts for a baseline emotional setting of overheated, eventually starts to come across as pummeling, and one-note.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Fred Topel
May 26, 2012
I'm all for saving children but I find movies like Polisse exploiting the subject for cheap drama. When an artist can make you forget you're watching an 'important' movie then that's when art can elevate real life tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2 out of 10
Peter Bradshaw
June 14, 2012
A drama with interesting moments, but also some false notes and a wildly bizarre ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Will McCord
Paste Magazine
May 22, 2012
The writing is multi-layered with the interweaving storylines crossing effortlessly.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.1/10
Shaun Munro
What Culture
June 12, 2012
It's melodramatic to the point of lunacy, but an intense ride you won't soon forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Miraudo
June 10, 2012
Polisse is a fantastically compelling and complex portrait of the men and women who devote their days to the safety of children, and who must come to accept that the cycle of abuse and hardship rarely ends at their intervention.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
May 24, 2012
Rarely does one see a movie so knowing in some respects and so clueless in others.
Siobhan Synnot
June 10, 2012
Cutting between some of the unit's traumatised case work and the dysfunctional personal lives of the agents, it's messy, immersive and vital.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
June 30, 2012
It's an affecting film that's has stuck with me since I left the theatre.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 13, 2011
The fragmented narrative and use of juxtaposition that Ma´wenn adopts for Polisse results in an engaging portrait of an ensemble of people and cases.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
June 24, 2012
An urgent, fly-on-the-wall affair that plays out like a grittier big-screen take on its more famous, US TV-related cousins.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 10, 2012
...a tough and mostly rewarding ride, sort of like a full season of a novelistic cable drama like The Wire compressed into a two-hour serving ...
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
July 19, 2012
A (chaotic) tour-de-force ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Urban Cinefile
June 25, 2012
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