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The Connection Reviews

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March 27, 2012
There is little about it to warrant the clamorous interest of the average moviegoer or to distinguish it as a significant piece of cinematic art.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 3, 2012
Exhausting and occasionally juvenile, The Connection is, nevertheless, an experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 4, 2016
The quartet of musicians, led by the pianist and composer Freddie Redd and the caustic-toned post-bop saxophonist Jackie McLean, perform brilliantly on-camera as they dramatize both the agonized wait and the needed high.
March 27, 2012
The film retains the same beatnik wit that the play effectively distilled, as well as a few scary shocks.
February 24, 2015
An uncompromising look at a group of drug addicts waiting in a Manhattan loft for a heroin fix.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 14, 2015
It's experimental theater meets cinéma verité with a self-aware sensibility: a drama in documentary form.
March 30, 2017
Experimental theater meets cinéma verité with a self-aware sensibility: drama in documentary form.
April 30, 2012
A marvel of low-budget/high-imagination filmmaking.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 27, 2012
Shirley Clarke's work should continue to be screened, studied, and discussed, as she remains an iconoclastic artist who is vital to the development of the medium.
October 9, 2012
Whatever its place on the scale of so-called authenticity, 'The Connection' is concerned with many of the same issues as its more legitimately underground successors. As someone in the movie observes: 'The question is, like why ain't we dead, y'know?'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 3, 2012
The junkies, as expected, are the real show, and it's here that the theatrical predilections emerge, less "that Barton Fink feeling" and more The Iceman Cometh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 7, 2006
Though now hailed as trailblazer for alternative cinema, at the time, Clarke's experimental work about heroin junkies, was so controversial that it was banned for a year due to its "foul" language.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 2, 2012
[Clarke] gets at the inner truth of addicts - that they're pining for transcendence in the void.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 4, 2012
A lean, mean saga of jazz, junk and rebellion.
Top Critic
March 27, 2012
Some creaky business with a Salvation Army sister recalls the piece's stage origins, but the music and the sense of 'dead time' retain a 'beat' authenticity.
March 27, 2012
It is a jolting look at the drug crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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