Le Petit Lieutenant Reviews

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April 25, 2009
The rarely done genre of the French policier is alive and well in director Xavier Beauvois' dynamic movie
June 8, 2007
French version of upscale cop shows like NYPD Blue or The Wire.
May 7, 2007
Lieutenant is a sly act of provocation, a repudiation of American filmmaking technique and of near-universal attitudes about cinematic violence.
March 24, 2007
Gives the audience a strong sense that you're watching how things really go down in a police station... only without all the action and excitement of a TV cop show.
March 20, 2007
To cut to the chase...this is a very French, understated, intelligent, slow, police procedural that ultimately engrosses and then surprises the viewer. If you don't see it in a theater, it would be a great rental.
March 16, 2007
A quiet powerhouse of a film, an implacable, uncompromising French police drama, both old-fashioned and modern, that underlines the reasons impeccably made crime stories do so well on-screen.
March 3, 2007
As a portrayal of the angst that permeates most police work...certainly a success. As drama, however, it's far from riveting.
March 1, 2007
A hugely satisfying policier that delivers exceptional performances.
February 15, 2007
Still mourning the end of Helen Mirren in TV's Prime Suspect? You might want to give Le Petit Lieutenant a whirl.
February 8, 2007
Le Petit Lieutenant shows how good French movies can be when they stay French and don't try to go international.
January 26, 2007
... you can sense Baye's struggling within the limits imposed on her.
January 19, 2007
Basically a vivid meal of characters, plus coffee and wine and one gin tonic, Le Petit Lieutenant keeps true to its brasserie menu.
January 19, 2007
The film's plot, revolving around a murder investigation that turns nasty, ticks along smoothly and efficiently. But it's ultimately more of a character drama, and a reminder that great acting often has little to do with words.
January 12, 2007
Le Petit Lieutenant looks at Antoine's life with lyricism.
January 11, 2007
Beauvois makes the milieu his own, too, showing us credible and affecting human beings caught up in a world that often reveals humanity at its worst.
January 11, 2007
The movie's realism is unimpeachable, though American cops might be stunned by the idea of a half-dozen detectives being assigned to the murder of an anonymous floater.
December 30, 2006
... one that will likely earn more respect from viewers than it will passion.
December 15, 2006
...More than any film in recent memory, Le Petit Lieutenant conveys the relentless toll of big-city police work.
December 15, 2006
Just as the French may overrate our cinema (Jerry Lewis, anyone?), we may overrate theirs. Take Le Petit Lieutenant -- please.
December 14, 2006
Has a clipped, Bressonian quality that makes it frustrating but also increasingly fascinating.
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