The Connection
The Connection (2015)

Directed and co-written by Cédric Jimenez, THE CONNECTION was entirely shot on 35 mm and is the European flipside to William Friedkin's The French Connection. A stylish, 70's-period crime thriller inspired by true events, it tells… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: May 15, 2015
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Connection doesn't do itself any favors by forcing comparisons to The French Connection, but it's a reasonably entertaining thriller in its own right.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Gangster movies should not be mildly interesting.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Sports the most schnozz-tacular array of craggy-faced macho men this side of Easter Island.

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Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

A solid, respectable police procedural [about] the same criminal enterprise as 'The French Connection,' but it's not in the same league as Friedkin's film.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Riveting from its first moments, "The Connection" is fascinating in its presentation of character, as well as for its glimpse into the workings of an international drug empire and into the ways an imaginative cop found to chip at its power.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

A common problem in crime-centric movies: The bad guys are almost always more fascinating than the good guys... Dujardin's bull-necked, hard-charging performance makes Pierre a worthy adversary.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

With supercool 70s chic and a smart crime thriller vibe, this is a welcome throwback to action dramas of the past, before they chose spectacle over story.

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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

There are no elaborate car chases or dizzyingly choreographed shootouts. Yet it's nonetheless a compelling portrait of two men in a specific time and place.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

Jimenez's sprawling cat-and-mouse thriller loses momentum and focus in the homestretch, but until then its '70s sun-and-sin-on-the-Côte d'Azur vibe is electric.

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Emma Simmonds
Little White Lies

What it lacks in originality and smarts it makes up for in excitement.

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