Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (2012)

In a time of internal political disturbance, Roman police inspector Gian Maria Volontè (the bad guy in A Fistful of Dollars and For A Few Dollars More) gets that plum assignment: crack down on political dissidents; then proceeds to slash… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 28, 2012
DVD Release Date: December 2, 2013
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Its portrait of a loner and his lusts comes up frighteningly fresh, and the whole conceit would collapse without the muscular, rousing presence of Gian Maria Volonté in the central role.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

The movie survives beautifully both as an elegant thriller and as a study of the twisted infantilism that shapes the fanatic heart.

Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion begins like a giallo, but soon pushes beyond even that genre's outré boundaries, playing like a fever dream.

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David Fear
Time Out

A paranoid police procedural, a perverse parable about the corrupting elements of power, and a candidate for the greatest predated Patriot Act movie ever ...

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Elliott Stein
Village Voice

A potent study of power as pathology.

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Emanuel Levy

Decades later, Petri's Italian political thriller is just as timely and provocative as it was in 1970, when it won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

A provocative political thriller that is as troubling today as when it came out in 1970. Maybe more so.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Unfettered freedom is a source of dismay to the Roman homicide detective... He wants to have limits, he simply doesn't know where they are.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Moderately engrossing parable, crime drama and character study, with rigid political undertones.

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Flixster Audience Score: 96% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
I was disappointed by the pacing of the film, but more so with its content. It was hardly engaging and often enraging (not owing to the situations in the movie,… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Gian Maria Volonté persuasively personifies a suave, spitefully malevolent kind of hitchcockian sociopath. A surreal and strong meditation about how some human… More
Byron Brubaker
Lots of informative special features on this newly released Criterion Collection blue-ray/dvd combo. There's an interview with composer, Ennio Morricone,… More