La Mentale: The Code Reviews

February 13, 2004
Unpredictable deviations from the formula ... keep the film interesting.
February 12, 2004
The atmospheric, richly detailed La Mentale has terrific vitality with its volatile mixture of alternating camaraderie and savagery.
February 12, 2004
Although it offers no new angles on the story engines of loyalty and revenge, the French film boasts an intriguing milieu and the off-center, hair-trigger intensity of Samy Naceri as a crime boss.
February 11, 2004
If the plot comes off more like a reworking of Scorsese's tales of Italian-American mobsters, Boursinhac nevertheless shows a sure hand with his story.
February 11, 2004
Le Bihan locates the internal simmer of a man considering the cost of giving up the only code he has ever known.