The French Connection II
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This sequel to the Oscar-winning The French Connection picks up almost exactly where the earlier film leaves off. Still on the trail of drug kingpin Frog One (Fernando Rey), narcotics officer "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) leaves his Manhattan stomping grounds and heads for Marseilles. There, Popeye is captured by Frog One's minions, who pump him full of drugs in hopes of turning the cop into a hopeless junkie. After a grueling "cold turkey" treatment, Popeye is up and about and chasing after the villains, determined to mete out justice. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"looks lost in space and time"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"While it certainly is a couple of notches below its action classic original, French Connection II is still a darned good action film that maintains the core of its central character and has some added layers that are genuinely disturbing."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"More conventional than its predecessor, but it's still unconventional by the cop thriller standard set by a wash of anonymous, lesser films. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"A classic with a terrifid car chase"
‑ Tony Medley, Tolucan Times
"may wrap up the story the original began, but it just doesn't have the same magic"
‑ Christopher Null,
"you can't help but feel a sense of disillusionment ... because the finality of it is so harsh and so sudden that it draws your attention less to the idea of justice served than it does to the brute simplicity of violent retribution and the ultimately cycl"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Nearly as high powered and gritty as the first 'Connection.'"
‑ Steve Crum,
"Couldn't even hold the original film's hat, but earns points just for not sucking outright."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"The last ten minutes are the best thing about it (that final shot is one of the best of the '70s), and it's no coincidence that in this ten minutes Frankenheimer returns to his technician passions."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"If you take away comparisons with the original, it's a reasonably solid, if flawed, crime thriller; but it does shrink into the shadow cast by its vastly superior predecessor."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"John Frankenheimer's ("The Manchurian Candidate") version outshines William Friedkin's 1971 original."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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