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Pharaon de Winter is a police lieutenant whose achilles' heel is his empathy -- which makes work on a sordid murder investigation an excruciating exploration of universal guilt and the monstrous underbelly of human nature.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ought to be seen, because it's a work of moral and spiritual mystery as stubbornly challenging as Gone in 60 Seconds is morally anesthetizing."
‑ , Entertainment Weekly
"Audiences willing to wade knee deep in the muck and mire of the human abyss are advised to seek out Humanité at the local arthouse."
‑ Henry Cabot Beck,
"It's loaded with pretension, and it comes dangerously close to being little more than an exasperating stunt--and in the end that's what's so great about it."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Though nicely photographed with an able cast, L'Humanité never clearly solves the case of Schotté's sexual repression or lost relationships, and it inches along, eventually slowing the value of its stark visuals to a sleepy halt."
‑ , E! Online
"Bruno Dumont's L'Humanite has the outer form of a police movie, but much more inside."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Feels like an overly deliberate meta-Bressonian prank."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"I'm not sure what to make of this disturbingly ordinary film, which has suffering as its ultimate subject."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
"A picture that is always handsome, sometimes hypnotic, but finally too flabby and too long."
‑ Michael Thomson,
"You probably won't feel comfortable when Humanité is over, but as you leave the theater you will feel more alive than when you entered."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"When viewed as an unusual film with not the usual things to say about its main character, it starts to look a lot better."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Dumont's filmic vision is so fresh and his story so rich in perception and so laden with artful ambiguity that it isn't dull for a moment."
‑ Arthur Lazere,
"There's no question that the director has a distinctive vision, but the film's brutish characters, glacial pacing and seemingly random plotting will conspire to numb the most dedicated viewers."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
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