Polytechnique (2009)

Inspired by the tragic school shooting that took place at Montreal's Polytechnique school on December 6, 1989, director Denis Villeneuve's melancholy docudrama portrays the events as seen from the perspective of two students,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Horror
Release Date: February 6, 2009
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Fear
Time Out

Nicely anticipates Villeneuve's 2010 masterpiece, Incendies, another story of forgiveness in a cruel, cold world.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The tragic art of Polytechnique isn't what it shows or reveals but rather the contemplation it inspires. There are moments in life when nothing makes sense and sadness descends; this is one of them.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Denis Villeneuve's unnerving abstraction of the subject matter daringly relays his view of the human cost of gender warfare.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

The virtue - and also the limitation - of this movie is that it confronts senselessness and insists on remaining calm and sane.

Rob Nelson

Lensed in black-and-white, the 77-minute film is plenty arty and only arguably constructive in its tasteful fictionalization of a violent tragedy.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Villeneuve does a superb job of slowly-but-surely building the tension in the time frame before Lépine begins his assault...

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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

Polytechnique smartly exposes the spectrum of misogyny without overplaying the connection between the two incidents. Which makes the concluding flash-forward scene all the more disappointing.

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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter

Filmed in black and white, the French-language film does not set out to comprehend the crime other than to suggest that the shooter (played with a vacant stare by Maxim Gaudette) was a pathetic loser who chose to blame women for his empty life.

Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

The pure emotion and the truths layered into the film Polytechnique are raw, real and devastating.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Michael S
An unflinching, bleak, shockingly frank account of the 1989 Polytechnique School massacre in Montreal. Director Denis Villeneuve's film is a stunning feat… More
Edward Boxler
Man vs woman. Misogyny vs feminism. Gender warfare. Denis Villeneuve's Polytechnique doesn't try to make sense of the seemingly never-ending battle of… More
Alex roy
Dennis Villeneuve's retelling of the December 6, 1989 massacre at L' École Polytechnique de Montréal. This is a disturbing picture that plunges the… More
Reza Mohseni
If you are looking for context,better skip this one.Its a kind of movie it favors dazzling imagery over context.Like Elephant it tends to use few explanations… More
Carlos Magalhães
The re-creation of the massacre is quite efficient, depicting the shocking brutality of the real incident, but the film suffers from an irregular narrative… More
Kal X. Attenborough
One of the harshest, unforgiving, but interesting more independent films i've seen in the past five years. Polytechnique isn't so much of a film about… More