Hold Your Fire

critic Reviews

, 95% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A documentary with the heart of a thriller, Hold Your Fire edifies just as adroitly as it enrages.
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    Mark FeeneyBoston Globe
    Forbes does something daring with the interviews. He will juxtapose comments that are contradictory, not necessarily in fact but in interpretation or emphasis. This creates a kind of stereo effect that enlarges the film.
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    Odie HendersonRogerEbert.com
    The excellent and infuriating Hold Your Fire has all the twists and turns of the best hostage movie thrillers.
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    Noel MurrayLos Angeles Times
    The multiple perspectives in “Hold Your Fire” add up to a fascinating look back at a still-raging debate over the true purpose of policing.
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    John AndersonWall Street Journal
    Hold Your Fire is a bona-fide thriller, its elements in delicate balance.
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    Concepción de LeónNew York Times
    What emerges is a kaleidoscopic narrative that lays bare the disconnect between the officers and the communities they serve.
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    Jordan HoffmanAV Club
    'Hold Your Fire' isn’t satisfied with simplicity.
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    Phil GuieFilm-Forward.com
    What Hold Your Fire accomplishes especially well is its objectivity. It never pushes too hard to exonerate or prove the guilt of any side.
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    Erik ChildressMovie Madness Podcast
    One of the best documentaries you will see this year that makes a great coupling with Stanley Nelson’s Attica. The fact that most of the players on both side of this story are alive to tell the story feels like a miracle.
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    Andy KleinFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    This is an excellent documentary.
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    Saffron MaevePaste Magazine
    Forbes does not heed his own advice, misfiring entirely.
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