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The Connection Reviews

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Richard Brody
New Yorker
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.
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Andrew O'Hehir
May 4, 2012
A lean, mean saga of jazz, junk and rebellion.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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-
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 27, 2012
The film retains the same beatnik wit that the play effectively distilled, as well as a few scary shocks.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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
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Time Out
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.