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The Interrupters Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
The film feels weirdly hands-off and remote, as if glimpsed from a distance.
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-
Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
September 13, 2011
If this were a fiction movie out of Hollywood, we'd be hooting at the preposterousness of it all. I mean, really.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
September 16, 2011
Realistically inspiring and, thankfully, not overly dramatized.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 10, 2011
It is difficult to imagine the effort, day after day for a year, of following this laborious, heroic and so often fruitless volunteer work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 26, 2011
Tense, moving, and, at times brain-draining.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
September 6, 2011
James' camera investigates the story in the same detailed, organic manner he used in Hoop Deams.
Nora Lee Mandel
July 31, 2011
[D]ramatic when rhetoric matches street action, they fearlessly divert retaliation on street corners and at funerals [so] the cycle can be interrupted one person at a time.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Drew McWeeny
August 24, 2011
"The Interrupters" is solid proof that James really is a gifted documentarian who can hit hard when he's got the right story to tell, and it's an important look at people doing selfless, challenging work that puts them in harm's way every single day.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Brett Michel
Boston Herald
September 17, 2011
Like Hoop Dreams, the movie doesn't really have an ending, but it doesn't have a beginning, either. It simply observes a year in the life of a city, and a community that's made it their mission to deal with a difficult situation.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Chris Faraone
Boston Phoenix
September 13, 2011
There will be tears shed over this deep look at Chicago's grisliest streets and the benevolent soldiers who fight to keep them safe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
August 22, 2011
James' Hoop Dreams has been spoken of with reverence and wonder for 17 years; now, he has an equal to its reputation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Grierson
Screen International
July 28, 2011
Blessed with a wealth of verite intimacy, this is an affecting and sobering portrait of America's crumbling lower class.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 23, 2011
I don't get to vote on the Nobel Peace Prize, but my imaginary vote would go to the Violence Interrupters, the real-life "stars" of the documentary "The Interrupters."
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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
Kam Williams
July 30, 2011
A riveting documentary which chronicles the efforts of several intrepid community organizers to bring an end to black-on-black crime in the City of Chicago.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Lauren Wissot
Slant Magazine
July 24, 2011
A tour de force of editing that's similar in novelistic scale to Steve James's high school basketball epic Hoop Dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 29, 2011
Begins with sobering facts about Chicago's epidemic of gang and youth violence before embedding us with people hoping to change them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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