La Mentale: The Code
La Mentale: The Code (2004)

Upon his release from prison, hardened criminal Dris (Samuel Le Bihan) sets out to eschew his past life and live a peaceful, crime-free existence with his girlfriend. Unfortunately, Dris's cousin Yanis (Samy Naceri) has plans to… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 13, 2004
DVD Release Date: May 11, 2004
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle

Think of The Code as an episode of The Sopranos stripped of humor or much insight.

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

A routine gangster picture with a lot of internecine turf wars and a rush of angry dialogue being spat about, accompanied by English subtitles.

Kent Turner

[Samuel Le Bihan] should have Hollywood at his feet.... He's more the French Liam Neeson than the next Olivier Martinez.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Every time Yanis leaves the screen, our interest lags.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

A boring and violent French crime thriller.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

Unpredictable deviations from the formula ... keep the film interesting.

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Dave Kehr
New York Times

A fumbling tribute to the philosophical French gangster films of the 1950's.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

The atmospheric, richly detailed La Mentale has terrific vitality with its volatile mixture of alternating camaraderie and savagery.

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Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News

Just a bunch of idiots killing other idiots. You've seen it before.

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