Polisse Reviews

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August 8, 2012
[O]ne of the best based-on-facts police pictures.
June 28, 2012
Whatever you think of it, you won't be neutral.
June 15, 2012
"Polisse" draws us uncomfortably close to a taboo subject then rewards us with real nourishment.
June 14, 2012
A drama with interesting moments, but also some false notes and a wildly bizarre ending.
June 14, 2012
Even though it crumbles under any close scrutiny, you feel there would be scope for a less hysterical sequel.
June 12, 2012
Has an infectious energy and aims for a bottom-up, slice-of-life air characterised by naturalistic performances and a fly-on-the-wall shooting style.
July 24, 2019
Polisse is a finely wrought piece of compelling cinema, and certainly demonstrates that in the director's chair, Maiwenn is someone to watch out for.
July 3, 2019
When Polisse sticks to its realistic fly-on-the-wall approach to the CPU it's some of the best filmmaking from this year, but its poor attempts to make the film more of a character piece hold it back from being truly great.
January 10, 2019
Despite all the best intentions, Maïwenn's CPU melodrama feels like a TV mini-series hastily re-edited for the big screen, with little or no cinematic consideration.
January 3, 2019
That emphasis on realism, in plot and portrayal, has paid off.
August 30, 2018
[Maiwenn] ets such good performances out of a huge cast that one can forgive the navel-gazing, and in a movie about a police force with management issues, she is clearly an effective manager.
September 18, 2017
Supremely and superbly character-driven, this film is a throwback to many of the best police dramas of the past.
February 13, 2017
The ensemble cast is natural, lively and truthful. The balance of personal stories and criminal cases is perfect.
June 2, 2013
It has the makings for a pretty good cop show. But as a movie, this 'inside' look at the dozen or so dedicated members of the Parisian Child Protection Unit is conspicuously lacking in coherence and depth.
February 23, 2013
It gets across its message on the plight of the innocent children.
September 12, 2012
The French drama is a gritty and intimate look at big-city detectives that had me wondering what the French word for "wire" is.
September 10, 2012
...a tough and mostly rewarding ride, sort of like a full season of a novelistic cable drama like The Wire compressed into a two-hour serving ...
July 29, 2012
Polisse connects fitfully through its sheer urgency -- it's a work of deep feeling. But the movie, which opts for a baseline emotional setting of overheated, eventually starts to come across as pummeling, and one-note.
July 19, 2012
A (chaotic) tour-de-force ...
June 30, 2012
It's an affecting film that's has stuck with me since I left the theatre.
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