The French Connection Reviews

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.
February 19, 2013
To watch The French Connection now is to experience the shock of the old: a lost world of the city, and a lost style of film-making.
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.
July 7, 2010
It's hard to imagine it now, but there are only two types of cop movie: pre and post-The French Connection. That's how big it is.
February 20, 2009
A knockout police thriller with so much jarring excitement that it almost calls for comic-book expletives. POW! ZOWIE!
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.
January 18, 2008
William Friedkin's symphony of long, sharp shocks is memorable for any number of sequences.
August 28, 2007
Popeye also earned counterculture points by mistakenly shooting a federal agent and exhibiting a conspicuous lack of remorse.
December 13, 2006
This 1971 thriller about a heroin bust is solid, slick filmmaking, full of dirty cops, shrewd operators, and slam-bang action.
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.
October 23, 2004
The French Connection is as amoral as its hero, as violent, as obsessed and as frightening.
May 21, 2003
It moves at magnificent speed, and exhausts itself in movement.
February 26, 2002