Polisse (2012)

Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for 13 César Awards, Polisse follows the daily lives of a tight-knit team of men and women working in the Child Protection Unit of the Parisian police. Basing her… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 18, 2012
DVD Release Date: October 30, 2012
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Polisse is a gripping and powerful procedural drama filled with fine acting and unflinching eye for truth and brutality.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

[O]ne of the best based-on-facts police pictures.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Polisse" draws us uncomfortably close to a taboo subject then rewards us with real nourishment.

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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

Supremely and superbly character-driven, this film is a throwback to many of the best police dramas of the past.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Whatever you think of it, you won't be neutral.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Has an infectious energy and aims for a bottom-up, slice-of-life air characterised by naturalistic performances and a fly-on-the-wall shooting style.

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Myriam Ghattas
Daily News Egypt

The ensemble cast is natural, lively and truthful. The balance of personal stories and criminal cases is perfect.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Bluntly edited, with no hand-holding transitional scenes, the film is an intimate portrait of an idealistic, understaffed, sometimes wrongheaded team battling youth prostitution, thievery rings and adult predators from every class of society.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

It's messy, boring, funny, suspenseful, touching, jubilant and tragic.

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

It has the makings for a pretty good cop show. But as a movie, this 'inside' look at the dozen or so dedicated members of the Parisian Child Protection Unit is conspicuously lacking in coherence and depth.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Investing in a documentary tone with a handheld camera, this realistic drama depicts the everyday life of the policemen/women in the division of crimes against… More
Walter M.
Whenever something bad happens to a child in Paris, the Child Protection Unit is called in to investigate. These are their stories. (Sorry. Couldn't… More
'Polisse'. Unflinching and raw in capturing the intimacy, camaraderie and harrowing nature of a Child Protection Unit's daily lives.
Daniel Parsons
Extraordinary performances and gritty writing truly elevate this look into the lives of a group of people working in a juvenile protection division in Paris.… More
Rubia Carolina
"Polisse" synopsis is so dull and poor that I am glad I had not read it before watching the movie. The "journalist covering police assigned to a… More
Linda K. T.
Without a doubt, it is a very difficult film to watch. The ensemble cast was absolutely incredible and hearfelt, especially the children, that we forget that… More