• Released
  • May 18, 2012
  • (Limited)
  • NR , 2 hr 7 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
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100

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The entire movie is pitched at a scream. But the screaming is more Janis Joplin, Axl Rose, or Mary J. Blige than Jamie Lee Curtis. All the tears I shed were hard-earned. So were all the laughing and clapping and eye-covering. In each case, it was involuntary.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
What makes it such a singular experience is the convergence of fine acting, moral urgency and a willingness to linger on moments of great intensity.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The mosaic of cases and caseworkers is like a season of "The Wire" distilled into two hours.
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88

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
Polisse is hard to watch at times, but it's also hard not to.
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80

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
As humane as it is disturbing.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The style is documentary-like, in that it feels like life and that anything might happen. There is also a nice sense of being in the midst of the action and right there in the room with the characters.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
I'm not sure I feel more at ease after seeing this prize-winning film about a child protection unit in Paris. No doubt a lot of children get protected, but the professional standards of the police sometimes seem inspired by TV cop shows, on which the plots center around the camaraderie of the cops.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The film can be rambling and glib, yet it's no mere crime drama. It captures a middle-class French society that looks more humane than ours, but is just as messed up.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

Filmmaker-star Maiwenn's socially-minded film is packed with raw, visceral performances from an accomplished cast.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
If you're the type who unwinds by watching "The Wire" or "Law & Order: SVU," you might appreciate this grim procedural drama from French actress Maïwenn. There's no denying its power: It took home the Jury Prize at Cannes last year. But for most, Polisse will be tough going.
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74 out of 100
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