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The Interrupters Reviews

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 8, 2011
Ameena Matthews, Cobe Williams and Eddie Bocanegra used to instigate Chicago street violence. Now they live for nipping it in the bud, block by treacherous block.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 7, 2011
Where James's film excels is as direct experiential cinema -- without narration, onscreen interviews or acknowledgment of the presence of the camera -- it is an intensely dramatic window into a world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 6, 2011
A sobering but not hopeless look at how the Windy City is attempting to turn around a rising tide of street shooting, through the work of a unique group called CeaseFire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 16, 2011
There's no doubt The Interrupters do some good; but there's also no doubt the problem they're facing is enormous.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
September 16, 2011
Realistically inspiring and, thankfully, not overly dramatized.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 15, 2011
The immediacy and caprice of violence in "The Interrupters'' are just as strong as in nearly every documentary I've seen about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 8, 2011
Through understanding and fearlessness, this brave trio shows us, the world can be changed, tiny step by tiny step.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
September 1, 2011
"The Interrupters" is an intense and chilling documentary about peacekeeping troops in a war zone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 27, 2011
In the end, statistics are of less moment to this movie than the case-by-case personal successes that, in some cases, are emotionally overwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 26, 2011
Tense, moving, and, at times brain-draining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 26, 2011
A heartbreaking, empowering documentary about inner-city violence...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 25, 2011
It tears at your heart with its depiction of the intractability of the problem. But it simultaneously insists, and makes you believe, that change is possible one person at a time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
August 22, 2011
James' Hoop Dreams has been spoken of with reverence and wonder for 17 years; now, he has an equal to its reputation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
August 19, 2011
The Interrupters, a documentary about an initiative to stop urban violence in Chicago, may be the most necessary film you'll see this year.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
August 19, 2011
In a documentary career defined by fierce commitment to his subjects, Steve James delivers his most ambitious project yet in The Interrupters.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
August 19, 2011
Steve James' arresting documentary could benefit even more from a multi-part television treatment.
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
August 12, 2011
Searing in its depiction of at-risk children in poor communities, the film is also the bracing, life-affirming story of residents who are beginning to reclaim their streets, one corner at a time.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 10, 2011
It is difficult to imagine the effort, day after day for a year, of following this laborious, heroic and so often fruitless volunteer work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 3, 2011
Once again, James' trustworthy work demonstrates the power of paying attention.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
August 1, 2011
James's approach is not analytical but emotional; his depiction of people bearing inextinguishable pain is empathetic and powerful...
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 29, 2011
Begins with sobering facts about Chicago's epidemic of gang and youth violence before embedding us with people hoping to change them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 29, 2011
The movie is more a situation than a narrative, and it's repetitive and depressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 28, 2011
You won't see a movie this year that is more moving, more tragic, more upsetting, more hopeful or more necessary.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 28, 2011
The stories in "The Interrupters," a hard wallop of a documentary, may weigh heavily on your heart and head, but they will also probably infuriate you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
July 28, 2011
Local activists commit, with varied results, to halting a tragic epidemic. It's a job fraught with volatility and peril, taken with the understanding that some cases may ultimately end in failure.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
July 26, 2011
The Interrupters reminds us of the powers and pleasures of well-crafted, immersive nonfiction filmmaking -- a genre vitiated within the past five years by a glut of cruddy-looking, poorly researched and argued titles.