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: September 29, 2015
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Critic Score: 74% 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.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A byzantine, if ultimately conventional, heroic tale that feels like a guided tour down a familiar alley.

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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times

It starts with gunshots - a Mercedes and its driver are riddled by motorcycle-riding assassins in broad daylight - and the pace of "The Connection" is bang-bang brisk most of the rest of the way.

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Michael A. Smith

Dujardin won an Oscar a few years ago without saying a word. He tops that performance here.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

It's a stylish affair, very solidly made if not exactly breaking new ground in our understanding of events or in the way the movies depict them.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

While the story lacks focus here and there, the film never feels overplayed. It's a work of bloody style and solid substance.

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Helen OHara
GQ Magazine [UK]

Cédric Jimenez has clearly studied the Scorsese playbook. There's much of the same fluidity of storytelling here, the same rich, jewel-like colours, the same glamorous setting and crime-fuelled hedonism. But he isn't just another wannabe.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

It may prove too slow for some and the meandering can be a little maddening, but overall it's worth the effort.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

"The Connection" isn't all that different from a lot of police procedurals that have come before, but there's something about this particular gritty true-crime story that still fascinates all these years later.

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

There is ample photographic evidence that the '70s were not, in fact, the best-looking, coolest decade ever. But you wouldn't know it from watching The Connection.

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