The Crimson Rivers (2001)



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Veteran cop Pierre Niemans is sent to Guernon to investigate a bizarre murder near a legendary private school isolated in the Alps. And it's no ordinary murder; the killer has been very methodical, leaving twisted inexplicable clues to his motive. Complicating matters are the university administrators who are uncooperative and somewhat defiant to Niemans' questioning. Meanwhile Max Kerkerian, an impetuous young cop and former car thief, arrives at a desecrated graveyard 180 miles away. Someone … More

Rating: R (for violence/grisly images and language)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: Jean-Christophe Grangé, Mathieu Kassovitz
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On DVD: Oct 16, 2001
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Critic Reviews for The Crimson Rivers

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (20)

This is a French film desperate to please an American audience.

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Could teach many an American thriller a thing or two about sophisticated creepiness.

August 31, 2001
Boston Globe
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It ends up being more about stage blood and stupid plot tricks.

August 10, 2001
Washington Post
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By movie's end, you'd swear you were on Hollywood Boulevard, with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon 11.

August 10, 2001
Washington Post
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The most American French movie ever, it's like a Hollywood blockbuster that accidentally got made by smart people. And it's excellent.

Full Review… | August 10, 2001
Seattle Times
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Some actors are just automatically the moral locus of every scene they're in. They're the major movie stars, and Reno is one of those.

Full Review… | August 10, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for The Crimson Rivers

Whilst being a gruesome psychological horror detective story it is actually rather enjoyable thanks to a script that's more suitable as light entertainment. Lots of silliness in a fun way and a plot that isn't too taxing to figure out with a back story about eugenics that will make it quite memorable, if nothing special or outstanding in anyway.

Ross Collins

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Not incredible, but works good enough for time pass.

familiar stranger

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3 and 3/4's. Pretty good. I'm not really on board with alot of French films, but this was rather enjoyabe. EXCEPT...they threw in some strange fight scene, with an even stranger video game sound effect voice over. MINUS half a point for that lame move....otherwise, pretty decent movie.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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