The Seven Five Reviews

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May 5, 2019
A true-to-life documentary that feels ripped out of a Martin Scorsese film plot.
April 6, 2019
The result is like a cheap cop show, not something you'd choose to watch in the cinema.
August 31, 2018
It's not quite Goodfellas, but it's better than Casino.
August 20, 2015
Tiller Russell's fast-moving, invigorating documentary will make very gratifying viewing for fans of all those New York-set cop movies by Martin Scorsese and Sidney Lumet.
August 17, 2015
While Tiller is clearly a little seduced by the drama of it all, he's good at exploring the moral myopia that sets in when the view from the trenches elevates loyalty to each other above protecting and serving the public.
August 17, 2015
Utterly spellbinding.
August 16, 2015
The talking heads approach gets a bit relentless, but it's hair-raising stuff.
August 14, 2015
Dowd's account to camera of his misdeeds is every bit as audacious as his criminal acts. A born raconteur, he pulls the viewer in just as he did to his various accomplices.
August 13, 2015
Told in a rush of talking heads and archive footage, this is a siren-flash of a film, charged up in the edit like a true-crime GoodFellas.
August 13, 2015
It's an absorbing study of group dysfunction.
August 13, 2015
A Scorsese-esque look, fascinating and horrifying, at the 1990s NYPD scandal that saw cops become the biggest, baddest gang on the city streets.
May 29, 2015
Could be the crime drama Martin Scorsese wishes he'd made. Or may yet make.
May 21, 2015
Like watching a car crash, with all the elegance implied.
May 14, 2015
It would be hard to imagine a more entertaining corrupt-cop documentary than "The Seven Five," a slick and fascinating portrait of disgraced New York policeman Michael Dowd.
May 11, 2015
It's a story you have to hear, from the guys who lived it and may never live it down.
May 8, 2015
I think people like Russell add to the toxicity, thickening the wall that separates cops from the citizens they're tasked to protect. But maybe we need someone as plainly amoral to make a documentary as good as The Seven Five ...
May 8, 2015
The movie is unavoidably swept up in the excitement and the dangers, but the question of why this story needed to be told is never answered.
May 8, 2015
This kind of story has been told endlessly in dramatic movies and TV shows, but rarely has a film offered characters like these telling their own stories.
May 7, 2015
"The Seven Five" has been called "the cop version of 'GoodFellas,' " which may explain why Sony has plans to produce a fictional remake. Here's hoping that version uses a better moral compass.
May 7, 2015
The Seven Five, an absolutely riveting documentary about police corruption in 1980s New York, is a Martin Scorsese picture waiting to happen.
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