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Polisse Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 23, 2013
It gets across its message on the plight of the innocent children.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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 ...
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
August 8, 2012
[O]ne of the best based-on-facts police pictures.
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
July 19, 2012
A (chaotic) tour-de-force ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
June 30, 2012
It's an affecting film that's has stuck with me since I left the theatre.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 28, 2012
Whatever you think of it, you won't be neutral.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 28, 2012
Bluntly edited, with no hand-holding transitional scenes, the film is an intimate portrait of an idealistic, understaffed, sometimes wrongheaded team battling youth prostitution, thievery rings and adult predators from every class of society.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 28, 2012
"Polisse" made me wonder how to say, "Its reach exceeds its grasp," in French.
| Original Score: 2/4
June 26, 2012
Though made as a feature film, Polisse looks suspiciously like a few episodes of medium-quality TV stapled together...a contender for one of the most overrated films of 2012.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
June 25, 2012
A cohesive energy and dramatic weight draws us ever tighter to its gut wrenching centre
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
June 25, 2012
It plays out like a vibrant, explosive slice of life .... It's not always comfortable to watch, but one thing is assured: this is one film you will not forget
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
June 24, 2012
An urgent, fly-on-the-wall affair that plays out like a grittier big-screen take on its more famous, US TV-related cousins.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Philip French
Observer (UK)
June 17, 2012
The performances are uniformly excellent, but the charismatic rapper Joeystarr is particularly impressive as an idealistic, insubordinate cop with a short fuse.
Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters
June 16, 2012
It's a well-done film, but also leaves me a little cold, even as I admire the way Ma´wenn is willing to forego most of the stock button-pushing moments of the typical police drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
June 15, 2012
It's like the French version of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, except every case is one that would send Detective Elliot Stabler totally mental and inspire him to punch a wall or two.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 15, 2012
"Polisse" draws us uncomfortably close to a taboo subject then rewards us with real nourishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
June 14, 2012
A drama with interesting moments, but also some false notes and a wildly bizarre ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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