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The French Connection Reviews

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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
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 18, 2013
There is only one problem with the excitement generated by this film. After it is over, you will walk out of the theater and, as I did, curse the tedium of your own life. I kept looking for someone who I could throw up against a wall.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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!
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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.
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David Fear
Time Out New York
January 18, 2008
William Friedkin's symphony of long, sharp shocks is memorable for any number of sequences.
| Original Score: 5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
August 28, 2007
Popeye also earned counterculture points by mistakenly shooting a federal agent and exhibiting a conspicuous lack of remorse.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 13, 2006
This 1971 thriller about a heroin bust is solid, slick filmmaking, full of dirty cops, shrewd operators, and slam-bang action.
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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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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
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Roger Greenspun
New York Times
May 21, 2003
It moves at magnificent speed, and exhausts itself in movement.