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Le Petit Lieutenant

Not Rated In Theaters 09/8/2006 , 110min.
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Seems so determined to reproduce the drudgery of police work, it's boring for the first hour, and only marginally more exciting for the second. Full Review
Andrew O'Hehir
A flinty, almost hardhearted work about characters who have lost almost everything in pursuit of some undefinable abstraction, like honor or their country or doing the right thing. It's an impressive film, but don't expect any warm fuzzies. Full Review
Dana Stevens
The final minute of the movie is one of the most bleak, and moving, endings I've seen in years. Full Review
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
Light on visceral thrills and heavy on the quotidian rhythms of life on the force, Xavier Beauvois' police procedural owes more to "Prime Suspect" and "Hill Street Blues" than it does to any film genre. Full Review
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
On the surface, Le Petit Lieutenant is propelled by the search for two Russians somehow responsible for a pair of murders along the Seine. And though that's a pretty mundane setup for an urban drama, it serves nicely in allowing us to get to know the haunted Caroline and the impetuous Antoine. Full Review

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