The Interrupters
The Interrupters (2011)

The Interrupters tells the moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. From acclaimed director Steve James and bestselling author Alex… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 29, 2011
DVD Release Date: February 13, 2012
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Critic Score: 99% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Impeccably crafted and edited, The Interrupters is a tough and honest documentary about street violence that truly has the power to inspire change.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

Ameena Matthews, Cobe Williams and Eddie Bocanegra used to instigate Chicago street violence. Now they live for nipping it in the bud, block by treacherous block.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

There's no doubt The Interrupters do some good; but there's also no doubt the problem they're facing is enormous.

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Jason Gorber
POV Magazine

Moving, heartbreaking yet intensely hopeful, The Interrupters is a world-class feat of journalism and documentary craft.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Where James's film excels is as direct experiential cinema -- without narration, onscreen interviews or acknowledgment of the presence of the camera -- it is an intensely dramatic window into a world.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

Realistically inspiring and, thankfully, not overly dramatized.

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Sarah Boslaugh

...the task is so immense that may wonder whether the appropriate metaphor for their work is "better to light one candle than to curse the darkness" or "you can't empty the ocean with a tea cup."

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

A sobering but not hopeless look at how the Windy City is attempting to turn around a rising tide of street shooting, through the work of a unique group called CeaseFire.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

The immediacy and caprice of violence in "The Interrupters'' are just as strong as in nearly every documentary I've seen about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

The film feels weirdly hands-off and remote, as if glimpsed from a distance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Reid Volk
A powerful look at the epidemic of violence in Chicago. Director Steve James is right on the front lines of a war that Americans do their best to ignore. There… More
Walter M.
Even with the precarious message of hope that the heartrending documentary "The Interrupters" delivers, from watching the news it is painfully clear… More
Dan Schultz
A deeply depressing, saddening documentary concerning the violence on the streets of Chicago, and how a group of former gang-members give their best efforts to… More
Daniel Parsons
<i>The Interrupters</i> bares more than a passing resembles to the HBO TV series <i>The Wire</i> - except it's a documentary and… More
Stella Dallas
a powerful doc from the director of 'hoop dreams,' the film shows the work of violence interrupters, former gang members and ex cons who intervene in… More
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