The Connection Reviews

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May 10, 2019
The Connection blends tense drama, upbeat humour and breathless action to depict the truth of this rugged underdog story.
April 5, 2019
Style and star power make for a fine example of a crime thriller that fits in nicely within the crowd, even if fails to stand out from it.
August 4, 2016
The movie's strength is in its conception of Michel and Zampa, who develop a destructive rivalry, rooted in their mutual determination to prove their superiority.
May 20, 2016
Not just a strong likeness of Michel, Jean Dujardin has the right over-sized presence for the honest Magistrate.
February 25, 2016
It's familiar. We see the tale unfolding before our eyes from the beginning. But that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. It's a fast-paced story, confidently told.
February 22, 2016
Excels at playing with expected genre conventions and crime story boilerplate to shrink a globe-trotting incident down to, essentially, a strategic game of cat and mouse.
December 31, 2015
Jimenez hasn't exactly broken the period-crime-thriller mold, but he's built a solid entertainment, with techniques well absorbed from the American movie tradition.
December 31, 2015
Dujardin and Lellouche are great here.
August 27, 2015
Dujardin won an Oscar a few years ago without saying a word. He tops that performance here.
August 14, 2015
Cédric Jimenez has clearly studied the Scorsese playbook. There's much of the same fluidity of storytelling here, the same rich, jewel-like colours, the same glamorous setting and crime-fuelled hedonism. But he isn't just another wannabe.
July 3, 2015
A byzantine, if ultimately conventional, heroic tale that feels like a guided tour down a familiar alley.
June 25, 2015
There is ample photographic evidence that the '70s were not, in fact, the best-looking, coolest decade ever. But you wouldn't know it from watching The Connection.
June 25, 2015
Jimenez's effort is great, and the fact it was shot entirely on actual film gives it a grit that harks back to the time period in which it is set.
June 18, 2015
It feels like a throwback to some classic crime stories, but it will remind you of movies that are better than it is.
June 15, 2015
(It) has nothing new or original to show us. But the film is a success for its clear and functional presentation of an absorbing crime story.
June 13, 2015
It's a bit horse and buggy for a movie about horse, but "The Connection" delivers a mild buzz.
June 12, 2015
Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche are terrific in this 1970s-era French mob drama.
June 12, 2015
Despite familiar elements ... "The Connection" remains tense and believable.
June 11, 2015
It's a stylish affair, very solidly made if not exactly breaking new ground in our understanding of events or in the way the movies depict them.
June 7, 2015
Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin stars in this serious and stylish French angle on "The French Connection."
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