Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jun 12, 2014
    100
    In Policeman, Mr. Lapid, making an electrifying feature directing debut, traces the line between the group and the individual in a story that can be read as a commentary on the world as much as on Israel.
  2. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Jun 18, 2014
    91
    Like its narrative, this gripping film rarely veers in the expected directions — and is never easy to pin down.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jun 10, 2014
    91
    While blatantly topical, this is not a political film of the moment, but rather a calculated meditation on self-defined purpose in the midst of societal confusion.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Jun 13, 2014
    90
    The main performances are powerful, the visuals are bold and vivid, the final effect one of the gut having been punched and the mind stirred.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jun 8, 2014
    88
    Israel's fractured psyche is plumbed via narrative splintering in Policeman, Nadav Lapid's compelling drama about his homeland's burgeoning social unrest.
  6. Reviewed by: Christopher Bell
    Jun 13, 2014
    83
    Avoiding easy answers and engaging on various levels, Policeman is exactly the kind of film that makes one excited about the art again.
  7. Reviewed by: David Jenkins
    Apr 7, 2014
    80
    This unnerving and enigmatic debut feature from Israeli director Nadav Lapid trains its steely focus on the group dynamics of the cops and robbers rather than asking us to get swept along in the specifics of their violence travails.
  8. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Jun 12, 2014
    70
    Lapid's filmmaking skill helps keep us involved, as does Policeman's philosophical underpinnings.
  9. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Jun 10, 2014
    70
    Lapid is so unconcerned with crafting a conventional crime drama that merely titling his film Policeman reads as a minor subversion, a way of defining the narrative in relation to a genre it hardly fits into.
  10. Reviewed by: Alissa Simon
    Apr 7, 2014
    70
    This fascinating but uneven pic has a conceptual rigor that doesn’t always translate into compelling viewing or even a smooth narrative whole. Nevertheless, it reps a strong debut from tyro helmer-writer Nadav Lapid.
  11. Reviewed by: Godfrey Cheshire
    Jun 13, 2014
    50
    Obviously, this tale engages many hot-button issues in present-day Israel. But does it say anything particularly incisive or meaningful about their complexity? On the contrary, its ultimate message seems to rest on a kind of glib and simplistic equivalency.
  12. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jun 11, 2014
    50
    Give the Israeli drama Policeman some credit: It keeps finding new ways to be unsatisfying.

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