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Kill The Referee (les Arbitres) Reviews

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August 19, 2011
What gives Les Arbitres an edge is that we can hear the dialogue between the referee and the players in the heat of battle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 7, 2011
It's a sober film, and impressionistic rather than analytical, with no commentary and no direct identification of teams, speakers or venues.
August 5, 2011
The picture provides a compelling insight into the mindset required to be one of the "men in black": tough, masochistic and deeply vain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 5, 2011
If you've ever wondered how international referees deal with spoilt millionaires who play football and then Twitter their disgust at their decisions, watch this movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 4, 2011
Films like this stand or fall on their characters and while Webb keeps us watching, he's not featured often enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 4, 2011
In its depiction of loneliness, The Referees slightly resembles the Channel Four TV documentary Graham Taylor: The Impossible Job, from 1994.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 4, 2011
Set during the 2008 European Football Championship, it takes advantage of privileged, UEFA-backed access to portray referees' intense, pressurised lives both on and off the field.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 4, 2011
Merely a collage of snippets that hint at a more interesting and focussed narrative buried somewhere in the middle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 4, 2011
The lives of football referees and linesmen have always been a bit of a mystery, but this fine, no-frills documentary provides some long-overdue insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 3, 2011
Even for footy fans, the film's a game of guesswork.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 3, 2011
Eschewing voice-over, director Yves Hinant spotlights the reality of an occupation where an unpopular call can result in death threats.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 3, 2011
Impressively directed documentary that takes an intriguing look at a little-seen aspect of football, both behind the scenes and on the pitch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 3, 2011
A lot more interesting than it sounds. The refs are wired for sound and the insults slung in their direction more than earn that 15 rating. One for football fans and fans of bald men with flags.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 28, 2011
The approach is extremely low-key, with no narration or on-screen captions, and the result is a distinctly new look at the game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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