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Based on 25 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    The mosaic of cases and caseworkers is like a season of "The Wire" distilled into two hours. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 80
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    As humane as it is disturbing. show more

  • 100
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    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. show more

  • 88
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    Polisse is hard to watch at times, but it's also hard not to. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    While never exploitative, Polisse can be extremely disturbing. Is it possible for a parent to mistreat a child in the ways shown here? Sad to say, the answer is yes. show more

  • June 11, 2012 Cutler
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    Long and sometimes grueling, other times confusing, this is a brilliantly acted, directed and written film. It evokes despair one moment and hilarity the next - sometimes both in the same moment. It is an emotional roller coaster, stripped of sentiment and formula. A great film.

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