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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Avoiding easy answers and engaging on various levels, Policeman is exactly the kind of film that makes one excited about the art again.

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