The Connection Reviews

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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 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 5, 2015
It may prove too slow for some and the meandering can be a little maddening, but overall it's worth the effort.
June 4, 2015
It starts with gunshots - a Mercedes and its driver are riddled by motorcycle-riding assassins in broad daylight - and the pace of "The Connection" is bang-bang brisk most of the rest of the way.
June 4, 2015
"The Connection" isn't all that different from a lot of police procedurals that have come before, but there's something about this particular gritty true-crime story that still fascinates all these years later.
May 29, 2015
What it lacks in originality and smarts it makes up for in excitement.
May 29, 2015
Gangster movies should not be mildly interesting.
May 28, 2015
A gripping and stylish French thriller set among mafia mobsters in Marseilles.
May 28, 2015
If its shape and trajectory are quickly mapped out, Jimenez hauls in punchy story and character beats ...
May 28, 2015
Riveting from its first moments, "The Connection" is fascinating in its presentation of character, as well as for its glimpse into the workings of an international drug empire and into the ways an imaginative cop found to chip at its power.
May 28, 2015
There are no elaborate car chases or dizzyingly choreographed shootouts. Yet it's nonetheless a compelling portrait of two men in a specific time and place.
May 26, 2015
Sports the most schnozz-tacular array of craggy-faced macho men this side of Easter Island.
May 22, 2015
A common problem in crime-centric movies: The bad guys are almost always more fascinating than the good guys... Dujardin's bull-necked, hard-charging performance makes Pierre a worthy adversary.
May 15, 2015
Jimenez's sprawling cat-and-mouse thriller loses momentum and focus in the homestretch, but until then its '70s sun-and-sin-on-the-Côte d'Azur vibe is electric.
May 15, 2015
While the results inevitably pale in comparison to "The French Connection"-which could be said about virtually every other film currently in release-they do make for an above-average work that offers viewers a new perspective on a familiar story.
May 14, 2015
Despite the pedestrian screenplay (by Jimenez and Audrey Diwan), Dujardin and Lellouche are magnetic performers who slip easily into their antagonistic roles.
May 14, 2015
How can you dislike a film that signals a killing with "Bang Bang" and a villain with "The Snake"?
May 14, 2015
Jimenez, making his second feature, fails to provide the regular jolts of electricity this material needs.
May 12, 2015
The film is engaging, propulsive, cut with rare brio, chockablock with consummate tough-guy business.
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