The Force
The Force (2017)

At a powderkeg moment in American policing, The Force goes deep inside the embattled Oakland Police Department as it struggles to reform itself amid growing local controversy. Winner of the Documentary Directing Award at the 2017 Sundance… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: September 15, 2017
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

Nicks doesn't deal in heroes and villains - the police and the community activists all get nuanced portrayals. But when mistakes are made, no one gets off the hook either.

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Brian Tallerico

A complex, human-driven look at race relations between police and the community, and it could offer some viewers a stark conclusion: this is a permanently broken system.

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Anita Katz
San Francisco Examiner

The documentary is stimulating viewing.

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Owen Gleiberman

The strength, and fascination, of "The Force" is that the movie isn't on anyone's side.

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Keith Watson
Slant Magazine

Though initially compelling, Peter Nick's documentary is fundamentally without a clear perspective on its subject.

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Sherilyn Connelly
SF Weekly

When Mayor Libby Schaaf pledges to root out the department's "toxic macho culture," it's hard not to wonder if maybe, just maybe, that was the problem all along.

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Bilge Ebiri
Village Voice

Hypnotic and eye-opening.

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Rain Jokinen

No, the Oakland Police Department is not every PD in America. But every PD in America would do well to learn from their mistakes.

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Jason Gorber
POV Magazine

As a look at contemporary law enforcement reform, The Force is a precise and focussed work that surveys the much maligned Oakland Police department as it undergoes much needed reconstitution.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Eberhardt
'The Force' looks deeper into the real life drama and corruption of the Oklahoma Police Force, where a number of the controversial murders took place… More