The Connection Reviews

June 4, 2015
It's an overlong, subdued, and generally bland affair, trading Friedkin's of-the-moment urgency for stale period details and technique that borrows from Martin Scorsese and Michael Mann.
May 31, 2015
It's all a bit joyless and over-decorated, and the terrific Céline Sallette, from TV's The Returned, has little to do but fret on the sidelines.
May 29, 2015
A solid, respectable police procedural [about] the same criminal enterprise as 'The French Connection,' but it's not in the same league as Friedkin's film.
May 29, 2015
Gangster movies should not be mildly interesting.
May 28, 2015
Despite sympathetic performances from the two main players, this sprawling crime epic delivers barely enough tension to hold the interest to the end.
May 21, 2015
The Connection plods along, unable to find its pace, stuck somewhere in the middle of the straightest line between the movie it madly wants to be, and the movie it just sort of is.
May 14, 2015
Jimenez, making his second feature, fails to provide the regular jolts of electricity this material needs.
May 12, 2015
Although all the pieces form a tidy little puzzle, the end result has about as much impact as spending two hours assembling a picture out of colored cardboard.
May 12, 2015
THE CONNECTION is a well made, but ultimately generic and predictable crime drama that never manages to rise above its influences.
May 12, 2015
The Connection is like watching 135 minutes of homage trailers. It's like an extended cut of Spike Jonze's music video for "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys.
November 17, 2014
[T]here's little in the French film to distinguish it from more superfluous genre flicks...
October 28, 2014
Jimenez adopts a vintage-kitsch sensibility, taking a disappointingly generic approach to his hard-to-follow narrative.
October 26, 2014
"The Connection" feels at best like a cover version of the classic American crime films of the 1970s, and at worst like so much glossily mounted karaoke.
September 8, 2014
Given that the only real enjoyment for The Connection is its connection to Friedkin's epic films (let's not forget the under-loved sequel), this examination of the Marseille heroin lords, with their political and police corruption, is entirely redundant.
September 4, 2014
A fascinating true-crime story gets a flat, formulaic treatment in The Connection. Where's the jolting, no-holds-barred energy of Popeye Doyle when you need it?