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Based on 24 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    An intense and chilling documentary. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    This is crucial work, evidenced by a line on a wall of R.I.P. graffiti that reads simply, "I am next." This film of common folks fighting the seemingly inevitable is just as moving. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The Interrupters is based on a much-acclaimed article in the New York Times Magazine by Alex Kotlowitz, who followed a period of intense violence in Chicago. He joined with James to co-produce the film. It is difficult to imagine the effort, day after day for a year, of following this laborious, heroic and so often fruitless volunteer work. show more

  • 100
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The immediacy and caprice of violence in The Interrupters are just as strong as in nearly every documentary I've seen about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    One of the first things that strikes you about these courageous people, who constantly confront volatile, gun-carrying thugs, is that they outgrew their violent pasts and now live contented lives with their families. show more

  • 88
    Slant Magazine

    An inspirational and heartbreaking nail-biter, The Interrupters was more difficult for me to watch than any battle documentary I've seen in years. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The movie is more a situation than a narrative, and it's repetitive and depressing. One interrupter -- a murderer who did 14 years in prison -- says of the program, "In essence, it's just a Band-Aid." At best: One of his colleagues gets shot in the back for his peacekeeping effort. show more

  • 75
    Washington Post

    The gritty film is realistically inspiring and, thankfully, not overly dramatized. While the interrupters succeed on many levels, a pervasive sadness remains. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Redemption, not crime, is the real theme here, for this handful of courageous men and women who have rescued their own lives, and just possibly may help save the blighted neighbourhoods in which they labour. show more

  • 80
    David Parkinson Empire

    A welcome return from Hoop Dream director Steve James. Even at just shy of three hours, the format strains to accommodate such a complex, involving true-life story, but it makes a seriously impressive attempt. show more

  • September 04, 2011 chicagodiane
    Report This User

    I am from the South Side of Chicago and now serve as a volunteer job coach for young gang affiliated men and women in Denver\'s inner-city. I have witnessed some heartbraeking violence in Denver but none of it holds a candle to what is going on in Chicago. Gang violence is EVERYBODY\'S problem - not just the mostly poor, mostly minority individuals it directly affects. See this movie. Step up and do something. Help save our youth. They ARE yours. Believe that.

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