La Mentale: The Code Reviews

March 19, 2004
Think of The Code as an episode of The Sopranos stripped of humor or much insight.
February 19, 2004
Every time Yanis leaves the screen, our interest lags.
February 13, 2004
A fumbling tribute to the philosophical French gangster films of the 1950's.
February 13, 2004
A routine gangster picture with a lot of internecine turf wars and a rush of angry dialogue being spat about, accompanied by English subtitles.
February 13, 2004
A boring and violent French crime thriller.
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
Le Bihan locates the internal simmer of a man considering the cost of giving up the only code he has ever known.
February 10, 2004
Attends to a thick stew of (soap-) operatic emotion, turning each internecine skirmish into an occasion for melodramatic brooding.