Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion Synopsis
Rome's homicide chief (Gian María Volonté) cuts his girlfriend's (Florinda Bolkan) throat.
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Time Out New York

By David Fear
A paranoid police procedural, a perverse parable about the corrupting elements of power, and a candidate for the greatest predated Patriot...
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Variety

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Balkan probably gives her best performance to date to create a woman tormented by instability, sexual drive and psycho demons --...
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90

The New Yorker

By Anthony Lane
The film may have dated as a cautionary left-wing tale, yet it has stayed fresh as a study in the minutiae of power. [1 Oct. 2012, p.85]
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90

L.A. Weekly

By Ella Taylor
The movie survives beautifully both as an elegant thriller and as a study of the twisted infantilism that shapes the fanatic heart.
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90

Village Voice

Petri's visually flamboyant film turns into a heady mix of Marx, Freud, Wilhelm Reich, and Brecht, with a bit of Dashiell Hammett thrown...
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90

The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
Although Mr. Petri quite consciously makes movies about ideas, he has, in his "Investigation," made a movie in which the ideas, and the man...
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90

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
A provocative political thriller that is as troubling today as when it came out in 1970. Maybe more so.
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80

The Dissolve

By Keith Phipps
As specific as the film is to Italy at the turn of the turbulent 1970s, it’s also a film about how power first corrupts, then makes mad...
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80

TV Guide

A piercing satire of Italian investigative techniques, and an interesting meditation on the relationship between class and guilt.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Like all good directors who make films about their own obsessions, Petri transmits an obsessive feeling in the film itself. "Investigation...
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