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The Interrupters Reviews

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Sarah Boslaugh
August 19, 2016
...the task is so immense that may wonder whether the appropriate metaphor for their work is "better to light one candle than to curse the darkness" or "you can't empty the ocean with a tea cup."
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
For about $1,000 every two weeks, these people try to make a concrete, palpable change in a community that fights them at every turn. What's amazing is not whether or not they're effective; what's amazing is that they even try at all.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Simon Miraudo
July 5, 2012
If the lack of progress in Chicago is upsetting, the reassurance of James' unparalleled talent is inspiring. He is not just one of the United States' most vital and humane filmmakers, but one of the world's.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
The Interrupters is a heavyweight film about a heavyweight subject of clear interest well beyond the United States.
Jeremy Heilman
June 11, 2012
It's lazy critical shorthand to point out that good documentaries often feature better characterizations than even the best fiction films, but The Interrupters certainly justifies such a cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: 72/100
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
February 26, 2012
The cameras take us where few people dare go.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Brian Orndorf
February 26, 2012
The revelations and examples of this positive influence seeping into the skin of the city creates enormous cinematic and community excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Shaun Munro
What Culture
January 25, 2012
Much like the director's seminal doc, this is a richly-drawn slice of real life that's weaved with the finesse of a fine Hollywood drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 14, 2011
Present[s] a gratifyingly non-cynical take on the troubles facing the species, uplifting without being cloying.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 9, 2011
Though formally conventional, it carries a powerful message about the reality of life in the inner city and the struggles of thise who live there to break the cycle of violence.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 9, 2011
Reality movie-making at a high point.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 8, 2011
Ameena Matthews, Cobe Williams and Eddie Bocanegra used to instigate Chicago street violence. Now they live for nipping it in the bud, block by treacherous block.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 3, 2011
The courage, determination and intelligence of these violence interrupters is inspiring, but even more inspiring are the people trying so hard to overcome this plague of violence and live decent lives.
Full Review | Original Score: A
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 17, 2011
Chronicles 'one year in the life of a city grappling with violence,' when Chicago was labeled a 'war zone.' Laments a funeral home director: 'How can the President of the United States be a black man... but I'm still burying black kids?'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Josh Larsen
November 11, 2011
A cry of hope from communities of despair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dan Lybarger
KC Active
October 21, 2011
James and Kotlowitz are unsparing in their depiction of how rough life in Chicago's mean streets can get. Nonetheless, they also have a deep compassion for the people they follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
October 7, 2011
The Interrupters is a film that offers an unflinching look at urban violence but also introduces a ray of hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
October 7, 2011
There are moments when The Interrupters feels like a real-life version of The Wire, with weary heroes trudging forever uphill to make their ugly world a slightly better place. The problem is that it's a very repetitive film.
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 7, 2011
Where James's film excels is as direct experiential cinema -- without narration, onscreen interviews or acknowledgment of the presence of the camera -- it is an intensely dramatic window into a world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 6, 2011
A sobering but not hopeless look at how the Windy City is attempting to turn around a rising tide of street shooting, through the work of a unique group called CeaseFire.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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