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  1. dionysus67's rating of the film Police

    Stunningly acted drama by Pialat with towering performances by two charismatic leads. Pialat films the interiors of the police station with colorful Bressonian sparsity and the transformation of the duo's interaction from abuse (verbal and physical) to amour fou makes its way into the proceedings with unrestrained elegance. Gorgeously shot, this is cinema of fury: of passions, power and fate. Masterpiece!

  2. Thomas's rating of the film Police

    Refreshingly unglamorised policier which gives you a real sense of cops on-the-ground. Convincingly rugged and urban, the characters are well formed, believable and allow you to simply accompany them on their day to day lives. Depardieu is particularly on form and charismatic.

  3. RoRoRoro's rating of the film Police

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  5. David Sindmark Hörnfeldt's rating of the film Police

    Depardieau, excellent as usual, is growing closer to his orgy-clause in the contract. It was probably my fault for not really following along with the plot, but that didn't matter much to me. Pialat's naturalism doesn't come in the way of any forward momentum, especially for a film about people in rooms talking to each other.

  6. Levi Miah's rating of the film Police

    The unwieldy amount of dialogue in the first half is quite jarring considering it kicks off almost mid investigation, but it sets up Depardieu's bad cop, expertly on edge from start to finish. The second half of this two handed police-procedural-meets-romantic-melodrama eschews the procedural for an increasingly complicated romance between the two leads. Ends boldly, with an expert use of music.

  7. Renton47's rating of the film Police

    At first Police is disarming for its sense of amorality, a genre exercise hollowed out because of the lack of principals for both cops and robbers. Their actions cruel but guided by a sense of dress-up which is shattered by (real?) intimacy. Pialat is an odd but terrific writer of characters, propelling films devoid of narrative drama that somehow take on tragic dimensions.

  8. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film Police

    A police thriller from director Maurice Pialat, this is alternately rambling and riveting, mainly thanks to a superb lead performance from Gerard Depardieu.

  9. Jegsy's rating of the film Police

    Disjointed, uneven, and an often nonsensical narrative is mirrored by performances that waiver throughout. Somewhat cliched, with cringe worthy dialogue, it's nevertheless an interesting period piece with regard to institutional racism and police brutality, and the commonplace casual racism and sexism that abounded at the time (not that it's vanished, but contemporary cop thrillers don't engage with such issues).

  10. captainfez's rating of the film Police

    There sure are a lot of beautiful people in this gritty movie.

  11. Christofi Cotonou's rating of the film Police

    Pialat's themes of machismo and sex are at home in a Parisian police station. While some viewers may find offence at the way Arabs are portrayed, these characters are by no means caricatures! Depardieu is imposing as the pitiful Goliath, indulging in a web of lies but allowing himself to finally trust. Forget the police, the subplots and action - this is what the films about, so don't lose focus.

  12. Vincent Balcer's rating of the film Police

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  14. alimcintyre's rating of the film Police

    Depardieu at his rugged and vulnerable best, Sophie Marceau at her most sensuous and appealing.

  15. Mike Jempson's rating of the film Police

    Depardieu as we all prefer to remember him - young, hungry; a tough exterior but vulnerable. Some compelling performances but this would have worked better today as a TV series 'flic'. More time for character development and sub plots. sadly the underlying racism would remain the same...

  16. 'king Harold's rating of the film Police

    Moments of brilliance that make watching worthwhile - reminded me of The Sweeney!

  17. Joaquín Font's rating of the film Police

  18. Ludovic72's rating of the film Police

    Un "film de genre" inhabituel chez Pialat, qui vaut le coup d'œil pour son trio Depardieu / Marceau / Anconina. On sait que le tournage a été difficile, surtout pour la pauvre Sophie que le méchant Maurice a rendu bien malheureuse (elle n'a pas non plus aimé les vraies baffes de Gégé)... mais le résultat brille par son réalisme. Hélas, un rythme inégal et de trop longs interrogatoires plombent l'ensemble... (3,5)

  19. Chatti209's rating of the film Police

    Pourquoi ne puis-je pas le voir en France ????? Très frustrant !!!

  20. FISCHER's rating of the film Police

    Intéressant travail du réalisateur qui manque malheureusement d'un brin de folie ou de démesure quant à l'éclairage des sentiments liant les deux principaux protagonistes. Pialat est décidément imprévisible... www.cinefiches.com

  21. Victor Morosoff's rating of the film Police

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  23. El Biffo's rating of the film Police

    3.5 Not my favorite Pialat. Sandrine Bonnaire, tho...

  24. the_mentaculus's rating of the film Police

    A film I have trouble reviewing, because it does not have any hallmark or superior element I can hang my hat on and point to. A film that's well-made, but not well-made toward any aim I can easily decipher. I'm sure if you squint hard enough, there's more to be found.

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