The Offence Reviews

May 12, 2015
The third collaboration between Sean Connery and the director Sidney Lumet is an unsettling glimpse into the toxic mind of a policeman who has been polluted by the horrors witnessed over the course of his career.
May 12, 2015
A great disappointment.
May 12, 2015
Lumet's direction strives to give to material that is neither edifying nor suspenseful a fake profundity, stretching it to unconscionable lengths.
May 12, 2015
Gritty police programmes are now so much a part of the TV landscape that it is hard to realise that a feature like The Offence once packed quite a punch.
May 12, 2015
This unrelentingly somber policier inaugurates a newfound force in Lumet's work.
May 12, 2015
A powerful and complex performance by Connery is somewhat weakened by Lumet's typically stiff and stagey direction.
April 16, 2015
The Offence presents audiences with an overwhelmingly bleak rumination on evil.
April 4, 2011
There's a powerful confrontation of authority and accused between police sergeant Sean Connery and suspected child molester Ian Bannen in Sidney Lumet's The Offence. A brilliant scene, however, does not in itself make for a brilliant overall feature.
January 26, 2006
Embedded in a 'realistic' police scene, dialogue and situations now have a ring of arty melodrama. Fascinating, nevertheless, with outstanding performances from Connery and (especially) Bannen.
September 21, 2005
A fascinating and intense psychological thriller. This is one Connery fans should seek out.
July 5, 2005
May 9, 2005
It's highly theatrical -- perhaps just a little too highly theatrical for the more or less realistic context -- but it's been staged by Lumet for maximum effect.
May 24, 2003
Although the story has become a staple of films and TV police dramas since this, it still hasn't been done quite so well.
January 1, 2000
The film was in some ways spoiled but not ruined by the pretentiously arty way it was directed by Sidney Lumet.