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The French Connection Reviews

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Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
An urban crime thriller which won undeserved acclaim for its efficient but unremarkable elevated-railway chase and its clumsy, showy emphasis on grainy, sordid realism.
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
February 22, 2015
Its trigger-fast, explosive scenes and high-tension chase sequences (the one in "Bullitt" pales by comparison) will have you literally gasping for breath.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
March 11, 2015
Classic cop film with frequent profanity, violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Budd Wilkins
Slant Magazine
September 11, 2011
Four decades after its initial release, William Friedkin's Oscar-sweeper The French Connection remains an electrifying achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
The French Connection is as amoral as its hero, as violent, as obsessed and as frightening.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
December 24, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
October 18, 2008
When people talk about the Golden Age of movies in the 1970s, this is one of the ones that they're talking about.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Fernando F. Croce
September 8, 2015
Gangbusters adjusted to the new decade's grungy ambiguity
Scott Weinberg
August 12, 2002
Still one of the coolest cop flicks you'll ever see.
| Original Score: 5/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
July 7, 2010
A true Hollywood classic.
Top Critic
February 19, 2008
Producer Philip D'Antoni and screenwriter Ernest Tidyman have added enough fictional flesh to provide director William Friedkin and his overall topnotch cast with plenty of material, and they make the most of it.
Rebecca Murray
February 16, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 19, 2001
One of three gritty, street-smart cop movies in 1971 that sent all other cop movies packing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
May 29, 2003
Friedkin's frantic and superlative Oscar-winning urban crimebuster caper for which all gritty wannabe cop dramas should be automatically measured in comparison...highly jolting and involving...
| Original Score: 5/5
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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
February 20, 2009
A knockout police thriller with so much jarring excitement that it almost calls for comic-book expletives. POW! ZOWIE!
David Cornelius
February 9, 2005
The movie is one of the undisputed must-sees of guydom.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
January 30, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
November 3, 2002
Hackman is dangerous, charismatic; the chase scene is timeless; a marvelous urban drama, not to be missed.
| Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
This film demonstrates how smart action movies can be, and points out how dumbed down most of them have gotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 21, 2001
...tough, edgy, exciting, profane, and explosive, although its R rating seems a little extreme by today's standards.
| Original Score: 8/10
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