Le Petit Lieutenant
Le Petit Lieutenant (2006)

A young, inexperienced detective is inducted into an elite Paris plainclothes unit in Le Petit Lieutenant, directed by Xavier Beauvois (Don't Forget You're Going to Die). Antoine (Jalil Lespert or Human Resources) is as gung-ho as… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 8, 2006
DVD Release Date: April 10, 2007
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A gritty, languidly paced crime drama that blends old-fashioned ambiance with modern cynicism.

David Germain
Associated Press

A quiet powerhouse of a film, an implacable, uncompromising French police drama, both old-fashioned and modern, that underlines the reasons impeccably made crime stories do so well on-screen.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

The film's plot, revolving around a murder investigation that turns nasty, ticks along smoothly and efficiently. But it's ultimately more of a character drama, and a reminder that great acting often has little to do with words.

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Cole Smithey

The rarely done genre of the French policier is alive and well in director Xavier Beauvois' dynamic movie

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

Le Petit Lieutenant shows how good French movies can be when they stay French and don't try to go international.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Le Petit Lieutenant looks at Antoine's life with lyricism.

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Louis Proyect

French version of upscale cop shows like NYPD Blue or The Wire.

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Leighton Walter Kille
Boston Globe

... you can sense Baye's struggling within the limits imposed on her.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Beauvois makes the milieu his own, too, showing us credible and affecting human beings caught up in a world that often reveals humanity at its worst.

Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone

Gives the audience a strong sense that you're watching how things really go down in a police station... only without all the action and excitement of a TV cop show.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
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Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Le Petit Lieutenant" starts out with Antoine Derouere(Jalil Lespert) graduating from the police academy and chooses as his first… More
Curt C
Strikingly real French cop drama. Beauvois simply goes about telling his story and developing his characters with no Hollywood "tricks". Thankfully,… More