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  • Summary: Dris (Le Bihan) returns to a quiet life with his devoted fiancĂ© after serving four years in prison. However, when Yanis, a childhood friend, lures him into one more heist, Dris can't refuse. (Sony)


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  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. The atmospheric, richly detailed La Mentale has terrific vitality with its volatile mixture of alternating camaraderie and savagery.
  2. 70
    If the plot comes off more like a reworking of Scorsese’s tales of Italian-American mobsters, Boursinhac nevertheless shows a sure hand with his story, lingering on the handsome, lost face of Dris as his world falls apart around him.
  3. Doesn't have much time for refinement of image or elegance of plot. What it's got instead is an insider's feel for the local, excitable hoodlum life and speech.
  4. Light on inner conflict and heavy on cliches.
  5. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Gallic gangster actioner fuses many disparate generic and stylistic conventions, but, although script by co-star Samy Naceri's brother was purportedly pared down from several hundred pages, it still bears the weight of its pretensions.
  6. Interestingly, though, the actor who plays Yanis is a dead ringer (despite the scowl) for Adam Sandler. That's surely an effect director Manuel Boursinhac didn't intend.
  7. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Choose to pass this one up.

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