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Polisse Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
August 8, 2012
[O]ne of the best based-on-facts police pictures.
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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
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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
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 25, 2012
It's messy, boring, funny, suspenseful, touching, jubilant and tragic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 24, 2012
A fascinating multicharacter drama about the police who work in Paris' child protection unit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
May 24, 2012
Rarely does one see a movie so knowing in some respects and so clueless in others.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 24, 2012
All the tears I shed were hard-earned. So were all the laughing and clapping and eye-covering.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 24, 2012
The mosaic of cases and caseworkers is like a season of The Wire distilled into two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 24, 2012
The film's director and co-writer is Maiwenn, an actress and now third-time filmmaker, who is accomplished at following several story lines and weaving them together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
May 21, 2012
[It] reveals, in a time of political turbulence, some of the subtle peculiarities of French society.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 18, 2012
Over the film's more-than-two-hour running time we are immersed in the lives of these cops as they attempt both to see justice done and to preserve their sanity.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
May 18, 2012
Inspired by a documentary, the film is shot with vérité immediacy and beautifully acted by an outstanding ensemble.
| Original Score: 4/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 18, 2012
While never exploitative, "Polisse" can be extremely disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 17, 2012
[A] long, unruly, gripping film.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 17, 2012
What makes it such a singular experience is the convergence of fine acting, moral urgency and a willingness to linger on moments of great intensity.
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May 17, 2012
As humane as it is disturbing, Polisse rifles the files of Paris' Child Protection Unit in search of successes, failures and all the shades of ambiguity in between.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 17, 2012
The details will gut you, and then haunt your dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 17, 2012
Polisse has trouble sometimes hiding the seams between the two, but when it works, it doesn't look like it's being staged at all.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 16, 2012
Sure, you've seen this sort of material before -- comparisons to HBO's "The Wire" are frequent and obvious -- but when it's done right, as it is here, it's gripping.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 16, 2012
The film can be rambling and glib, yet it's no mere crime drama. It captures a middle-class French society that looks more humane than ours, but is just as messed up.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 15, 2012
If there's one thing this Cannes-feted drama portrays incisively, it's the porousness of the characters' existence: Work bleeds into life and life into work, wreaking havoc on their respective moral compasses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
May 15, 2012
The strange, unsettling juxtapositions, even when mashing up the mawkish and mockery, are full of life.
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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
February 23, 2012
As in her previous efforts, Maiwenn coaxes terrific, naturalistic perfs from her ensemble without eschewing the extreme emotional highs and lows that could have led to more caricatured turns.