The Crimson Rivers (Les Rivières pourpres)
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The Crimson Rivers (Les Rivières pourpres)
Veteran cop Pierre Niemans is sent to Guernon to investigate a bizarre murder near a legendary private school isolated in the Alps. And it's no ordinary murder; the killer has been very methodical, leaving twisted inexplicable clues to his motive. Complicating matters are the university administrators who are uncooperative and somewhat defiant to Niemans' questioning. Meanwhile Max Kerkerian, an impetuous young cop and former car thief, arrives at a desecrated graveyard 180 miles away. Someone has disturbed the grave of a child who died twenty years before. These two seemingly random… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is a French film desperate to please an American audience."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"By movie's end, you'd swear you were on Hollywood Boulevard, with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon 11."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"It has good tough-cop banter, a couple of satisfying action scenes ... and a load of plot twists you won't see coming."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"...silly but immensely entertaining..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Director Matthieu Kassovitz ratchets up the tension and never lets go as he tells separate stories of two police detectives whose investigations eventually overlap."
‑ Ted Murphy,
"Could teach many an American thriller a thing or two about sophisticated creepiness."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"The most American French movie ever, it's like a Hollywood blockbuster that accidentally got made by smart people. And it's excellent."
‑ Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
"Un interesante thriller sangriento que muestra que el género no está muerto, y que los franceses saben hacerlo increíblemente bien."
‑ Alex Ramirez, Cinenganos
"I cherish the rush I got, and I can only laugh at all the problems I came up with when I thought the movie through."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"A bizarre murder mystery from director/writer Mathieu Kassovitz."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It ends up being more about stage blood and stupid plot tricks."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Some actors are just automatically the moral locus of every scene they're in. They're the major movie stars, and Reno is one of those."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A film more likely to make scratch your head than bite your nails all the way home."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"The film has a finely tuned drive, an intriguing build in its plot, and a unique style that balances atmosphere and absurdity."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"...culminates in a flat, obvious ending that does not satisfy."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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