La Haine
La Haine (1996)

While to most outsiders Paris seems the very picture of beauty and civility, France has had a long and unfortunate history of intolerance toward outsiders, and this powerful drama from filmmaker Mathieu Kassovitz takes an unblinking look at… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 9, 1996
DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
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Mike Clark
USA Today

Writer-director Mathieu Kassovitz mines so much tension and pointed dialogue from a low budget and deceptively simple premise that you wonder why so much of current Hollywood's own social realism ends up shooting $50 million blanks.

Dan Jardine

La Haine does not provide an easy answer. So you have to struggle intellectually for yourself.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

to get an inside view of the situation, there simply is no better source than Kassovitz's disturbing urban study

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Hate is, I suppose, a Generation X film, whatever that means, but more mature and insightful than the American Gen X movies.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

The conveniently manufactured ending is a let-down, but the display of raw emotion and kinetic energy lingers with the viewer long after the film is over.

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

One of the most blisteringly effective pieces of urban cinema ever made

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

Mathieu Kassovitz's gritty, documentary-like second film is a powerful comment on class and racial disparity.

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Cole Smithey

An inspired achievement from Mathieu Kassovitz.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Quite possibly Spike Lee's second best film - certainly his best in French.
Daniel Mumby
Whenever French cinema comes up in conversation, it's very easy to be dismissive. Quite apart from their artistic legacy within the medium, Jean-Luc Godard… More
Carlos Magalhães
Focusing on a day in the life of three social outcasts of Paris and impressively well filmed in black and white with extremely elegant long takes, this powerful… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
An angry movie, a honest portray of the frustrations of an entire generation lost in a world consumed by intolerance. While a bit of the energy gets lost in the… More
Jack Hawkins
I didn't expect this; what a pretentious film. The DVD cover proudly states how 'powerful' it is, and how it was a 'wake up call'.… More
familiar stranger
Since I went in expecting a vengeance flick, disappointment was due. And that it was in Black & White (as per IMDb, it's Color | Black and White, so I… More