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.
May 25, 2012
It's messy, boring, funny, suspenseful, touching, jubilant and tragic.
May 24, 2012
A fascinating multicharacter drama about the police who work in Paris' child protection unit.
May 24, 2012
Rarely does one see a movie so knowing in some respects and so clueless in others.
May 24, 2012
All the tears I shed were hard-earned. So were all the laughing and clapping and eye-covering.
May 24, 2012
The mosaic of cases and caseworkers is like a season of The Wire distilled into two hours.
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.
May 21, 2012
[It] reveals, in a time of political turbulence, some of the subtle peculiarities of French society.
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.
May 18, 2012
Inspired by a documentary, the film is shot with vrit immediacy and beautifully acted by an outstanding ensemble.
May 18, 2012
While never exploitative, "Polisse" can be extremely disturbing.
May 17, 2012
[A] long, unruly, gripping film.
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.
Top Critic
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.
May 17, 2012
The details will gut you, and then haunt your dreams.
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