Politist, adj. (Police, Adjective)
Politist, adj. (Police, Adjective) (2009)

A cop finds himself growing uncomfortable with his latest assignment in this study in the nature of power and authority from Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu. Cristi (Dragos Bucur) is a seasoned police detective who has just gotten… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 23, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2010
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Necessarily infuriating but finally very rewarding.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Porumboiu's style is steady, observational, his camera tracking Cristi along the streets in much the way Cristi tracks his subject.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

Much like "Zodiac," "Police, Adjective" is a procedural piece that leads to nowhere.

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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News

An absorbing and contemplative detective story in which the high point of the action involves reading from a dictionary. Really.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

I suspect that those versed in the arcana of Romanian politics will get the most out of this movie, but its moral issues, revolving as they do around matters of rightness and repression, are certainly universal.

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Andrew Sarris
Film Comment Magazine

The film proceeds at Detective Cristi's pace, stopping and starting, hiding and emerging, scanning and staring, as the languid camera surveys the dismal neighborhoods with undisguised ennui.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It's unlike anything Hollywood would dare to make.

David Denby
New Yorker

Simultaneously a police procedural, an analysis of language and imagery, a philosophical debate about law and justice, and a very, very dry Romanian Martini -- so dry that, at first, one doesn't quite taste much of anything.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

Intellectually and aesthetically Police, Adjective is a film of merit but that doesn't make it any easier to endure.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
This Romanian film is definitely not for everyone, considering its peculiar directing style and sluggishly slow pace, but those willing to sit through it will… More
El Hombre Invisible
An "inaction" cop film that's quiet, slow paced, and moody, Politist, adj. requires patience to allow the story to settle in and the characters… More
Kevin M. Williams
A world weary Romanian cop tails some poor schmuck of a kid who's out smoking hash with his friends: should his bust the lump, or try to nail his supplier?… More
Walter M.
"Police, Adjective" starts with Cristi(Dragos Bucur) following Alex(Alexandru Sabadac), a high school student. Relax, it's not what you think.… More
Gordon Anderson
Definition of 'slow' (don't watch this if your sleepy), earnest, European arthouse indulgence. Certainly puts across the tedium of police work… More
John Ballantine
Although the story line is weak and poorly executed, the development of character is top rate. Viewers are in for a treat...albeit a slow moving one.