• Released
  • April 28, 2006
  • NR
  • Romantic Drama
    Psychological Drama
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Police Beat Synopsis
An African immigrant (Pape Sidy Niang) works as a bicycle policeman in Seattle.
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75

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Paula Nechak
Pape Sidy Niang is terrific as the cop, Z, who is viewing America through a new immigrant's eyes.
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70

Chicago Reader

By J.R. Jones
Quietly unsettling in its vision of modern-day isolation.
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70

Village Voice

Dreamlike in style, Police Beat is also a real-world vision of what American indies could be if they dared to recognize the drama in our...
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70

The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
A delicately funny tale about everyday surrealism.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
An offbeat, poetic piece that eschews the terse, hard-boiled style of the standard cop movie or TV show for something softer-centered and...
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60

Variety

By Joe Leydon
Distinctive, physically ravishing indie is a natural for fests, but it's questionable whether this sometimes involving, sometimes obscure...
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

Soulful performance by non-pro Pape Sidy Niang as the bicycle-riding police officer Z, gives the film a poetic tone, but cumulative impact...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

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A bizarre original from the bizarrely original director.
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Looks great, and the performances are solid, but the disparate elements in this oddity - which created a minor stir at the Sundance Film...
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40

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The most frustrating aspect of Police Beat is that it's clear everyone involved has great talent...Too bad all their efforts are lost in...
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Rated NR