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The Laughing Policeman Reviews

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Top Critic
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
October 27, 2015
It loses a great deal in the translation from Stockholm to San Francisco's Dirty Harry country. Gloomy authenticity, for one thing; pace and a genuine sense of puzzlement, for others.
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
October 27, 2015
Much of the film is crude, full of "Visit San Francisco" photography and Matthau isn't on the same great form as he was as the transit cop in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

TV Guide
October 27, 2015
Although an extremely violent movie, The Laughing Policeman benefits from skillful pacing, a literate script, and fine performances by Walter Matthau and Bruce Dern.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Duncan Fallowell
The Spectator
June 16, 2015
The film is interesting for what it shows of San Francisco's undertown but its psychology is lame [and] the plot an illogical mess.
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Variety Staff
July 22, 2008
After an extremely overdone prolog of violent mass murder on a bus, The Laughing Policeman becomes a handsomely made manhunt actioner.
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
July 13, 2006
Good Walter Matthau vehicle co-starring Bruce Dern.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Chris Petit
Time Out
June 24, 2006
By the end, complete with car chase and split-second shooting, the film has become indistinguishable from all those movies it's trying so hard to disown.
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A.H. Weiler
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Though an essentially familiar amalgam of murder, manhunt and dogged police work in that scenic city, this Policeman stands a good deal taller than the norm because of the expert guidance of Stuart Rosenberg
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
The Laughing Policeman is an awfully good police movie: taut, off-key, filled with laconic performances. It provides the special delight we get from gradually unraveling a complicated case.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
July 7, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 11, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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