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  • Summary: An action thriller set in against the breathtaking backdrop of the French Alps, The Crimson Rivers stars Jean Reno and Vincent Cassel in a gripping who-dunnit involving a series of grisly murders, a child's death twenty years earlier, and the secret history of a small town. (Sony PicturesAn action thriller set in against the breathtaking backdrop of the French Alps, The Crimson Rivers stars Jean Reno and Vincent Cassel in a gripping who-dunnit involving a series of grisly murders, a child's death twenty years earlier, and the secret history of a small town. (Sony Pictures Entertainment) Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. 88
    A breathtaking exercise in the macabre, a gruesome thriller with quirky cops and a killer of Lecterian complexity, and even when the movie is perfect nonsense, it's so voluptuous that you're grateful to be watching it anyway.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    The Crimson Rivers could teach many an American thriller a thing or two about sophisticated creepiness.
  3. A confusing and not entirely believable ending clouds the issue, though, burying some fine performances and cinematography under an avalanche of gore and plot twists.
  4. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    50
    Adequately entertaining but not particularly memorable.
  5. Two things make this film slightly more interesting than its American B-movie equivalents. There's the artless way it shows the French state exercising its power and the charisma of French stars.
  6. 40
    Never lets up: A door can't shut without sounding like a bomb going off; mutilated bodies show up with clockwork punctuality, gratuitously underscored by a relentlessly overbearing soundtrack.
  7. Any cassette of "Millennium" would serve up better thrills and chills.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Nov 23, 2011
    10
    Excellent French cirminal thriller! Alsolutely worth watching. Film noir type of story Vincent Cassel and of course Jean Reno excellentyExcellent French cirminal thriller! Alsolutely worth watching. Film noir type of story Vincent Cassel and of course Jean Reno excellenty acting. Loved it! Worth also watching Part 2! Collapse

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