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Based on 23 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    Director Corneliu Porumboiu ("12:08 East to Bucharest"), with his deadpan style and probing intelligence, is someone to keep an eye on. Using a minimalist style, and possessing the courage to risk alienating his viewers, he has created a movie full of resonance. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The movie comes on like a put-on--next to nothing happens for an excruciatingly long time--and ends as a fascinating dialectic between following one's conscience or following the law. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    This cunning and provocative Romanian film requires patience, but its rewards are many: It's hard to imagine how a scene in which a police captain barks an order to bring him a dictionary can be loaded with suspense, but, really, it is. show more

  • 75
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Police, Adjective has considerable power, and the issues it raises linger in the mind. show more

  • 100
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    It's not for all tastes; it requires some patience. The more your own job involves absurd, time-consuming bits of minutiae, the more familiar (and amusing) it'll seem. show more

  • 100
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The usual emphasis in a detective film is upended so that procedure, thrillingly, is more important than action. In its own way, this is one of the most intense cop movies you'll see. show more

  • 100
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    A simultaneously realistic and absurdist examination of police work. show more

  • 88
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Although it's sly and sardonic, Police, Adjective is as rigorous as a tea ceremony -- or a Stalinist re-education camp. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Its surprisingly effective key scene involves an argument with his captain over the dictionary definitions of the words "conscience" and "justice." This may not sound exciting, but it was welcome after legions of cop movies in which such arguments are orchestrated with the f-word. show more

  • 75
    Washington Post

    Like a dark-comedy sequel to the masterful German film "The Lives of Others," Corneliu Porumboiu's Police, Adjective gives viewers a penetrating glimpse of surveillance culture, in this case as it plays out in post-communist Romania. show more

  • March 22, 2010 mshanley08
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    I understand what the director was trying to do. I understand all of it. But it doesn't make it good. Maybe if I was a pretentious critic who likes this movie because it is foreign and under the radar. This movie had no conflict and watching a man stand around and eat his dinner isn't making a *************** called bad filmmaking. Anyone who in their right mind would not find this movie entertaining. Nothing happens the whole movie and I'm not exaggerating. It's hands down the most boring movie I've ever seen. Nobody should see this and Romania should not be allowed to make movies ever again.

  • February 18, 2010 sparelaxing
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    Vcmdre..I only wish I had read your review before I went. I don't believe there is a movie out there that is this bad.

  • February 01, 2010 vcmdre
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    "Thrilling"? Is watching paint dry compelling? "The power of visuals" ? More like the force of ambiem. I want my 2 hours and money back. Really, bad. Save yourself!

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