Polisse

User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23

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  1. May 26, 2012
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. One of the reviews the makers of this film used to promote it mentioned that it felt like a whole season of The Wire packed into 2 hours. Not even close. But that's a very high bar. It's still a solid film that makes you think and entertains. The ending is shocking, but it comes out of left field just enough that sure, the film-goer can go back and connect the dots leading up to the act, but it could have used a bit more foundation and more of a discernible through-line. And for a team dedicated to the protection of children, they certainly do humiliate a girl who admits to giving oral sex to a bully in order to get her cell phone back. Yes, it's a bit of gallows humor, and the girl in question wasn't an infant, but it made the team look pretty horrible. Compared to most of the drivel you see in theaters this time of year, it's time well-spent. Just don't sit too close to the screen. I was right up there, and there's SO much dialogue, which means that if you don't speak French you're doing a ton of reading when you'd like to be focusing on the action, the facial expressions, etc. Expand
  2. Jun 30, 2012
    9
    I feel that this is a near great film. It tells the story of a group of men and women who work in a police unit specializing in protecting children from sex crimes (arresting and prosecuting pedophiles). As it starkly demonstrates the nature of the predators and the damage to the victims, it never oversimplifies, condescends or preaches. At the same time that it is an action good guyI feel that this is a near great film. It tells the story of a group of men and women who work in a police unit specializing in protecting children from sex crimes (arresting and prosecuting pedophiles). As it starkly demonstrates the nature of the predators and the damage to the victims, it never oversimplifies, condescends or preaches. At the same time that it is an action good guy versus bad guy film, it draws us in to the romantic life of several of the cops, and their lives are complicated too. I was struck by the contrast between the cops in France and American cops, and the non-authoritarian more diffuse police heirarchy. The director (unintentionally?) draws a sharp contrast between USA and France, and for that sociological perspective alone, the film would be significant. But it's rare when the film draws you in and allows you to feel the full gamut of human emotions without attempting to manipulate the viewer-but just lets you see society's reflection in the mirror of the camera lens. See it! Expand
  3. Aug 9, 2012
    9
    Cada persona configura el mundo de acuerdo a sus vivencias. El cine es una paleta de opciones de los colores con los que se compone el mundo. Pero cuando se llegan a los extremos de la paleta, comienzan los colores más oscuros, las bajezas de la naturaleza humana, las cotidianidades de la sociedad de las que se niegan su existencia. Polisse es una película basada en hechosCada persona configura el mundo de acuerdo a sus vivencias. El cine es una paleta de opciones de los colores con los que se compone el mundo. Pero cuando se llegan a los extremos de la paleta, comienzan los colores más oscuros, las bajezas de la naturaleza humana, las cotidianidades de la sociedad de las que se niegan su existencia. Polisse es una película basada en hechos reales, testimonios de una decadencia en valores, y la confrontación de unas dinámicas que no se quieren aceptar, no se quieren reconocer como parte de la (pos)modernidad.

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Awards & Rankings

Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jun 16, 2012
    40
    A drama with interesting moments, but also some false notes and a wildly bizarre ending.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Glasby
    Jun 16, 2012
    80
    Based on genuine cases, the film reveals its horrors in a matter-of-fact manner, taking care to show the characters grasping every chance for laughter - however inappropriate - amid the grimness.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jun 15, 2012
    75
    Like "Gone, Baby, Gone," the French film Polisse succeeds by shifting the focus from the victims to the vigilant protectors.