The French Connection

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Time Out says

An urban crime thriller which won undeserved acclaim for its efficient but unremarkable elevated-railway chase and its clumsy, showy emphasis on grainy, sordid realism. The performances are strong, although Hackman has done far better than this portrayal of a hard-nosed cop obsessively tracking down a narcotics ring in New York, using methods disapproved of by his superiors. The real problems, however, are that Friedkin's nervy, noisy, undisciplined pseudo-realism sits uneasily with his suspense-motivated shock editing; and that compared to (say) Siegel's Dirty Harry, the film maintains no critical distance from (indeed, rather relishes) its 'loveable' hero's brutal vigilante psychology.
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1971

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104 mins

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aaron

You do know the characters were based on an advised by the two acfual new york cops right? And the fact that their pursuit is ultimately fruitless is the point. Anybody who gives this less than 3 out of 4 is a complete knucklehead. Will never read time out reviews again

aaron

You do know the characters were based on an advised by the two acfual new york cops right? And the fact that their pursuit is ultimately fruitless is the point. Anybody who gives this less than 3 out of 4 is a complete knucklehead. Will never read time out reviews again

Aus

This movie is a classic because it is and was, in many ways, unprecedented in its excellence. You are not considered a top critic by Rotten Tomatoes, because you, in may ways, exhibit amateurish qualities in your writing style and ham-fisted, anachronistic analysis.

Aus

This movie is a classic because it is and was, in many ways, unprecedented in its excellence. You are not considered a top critic by Rotten Tomatoes, because you, in may ways, exhibit amateurish qualities in your writing style and ham-fisted, anachronistic analysis.

Josh

Yes indeed, thank you for giving this film the review it deserves. I'm shocked that this is revered as such a classic. The entire film follows shallow characters that ultimately go nowhere and gives you nothing in the end. I enjoyed the gritty cinematography of 70's new york but that was about it.

Kaleb

Over rated during its time and lauded now as a cinematic achievement, French Connection is a movie that marked the first modern car chase but little else in terms of achievement. It's not just slow, it's pedantically nihilistic and a chore to watch. Either Fiddler on the Roof or Clockwork Orange would have been much more deserving of the 1971 Best Picture Oscar, but this movie won on a gimmick. The ending is unsatisfying on every level, although it was probably a mistake to expect any kind of substantial resolution from hours of flat characters chasing each other across the screen in what amounts to a throw away episode of Law and Order.

Boris

After reading this review (and, of course, having seen the film before, wich is excelent) I will be in the future very, very cautious with the recommendations or negative critics in the Time Out Film Guide. Not to be entirely trusted; they can be obviously be very far from the truth.

Boris

After reading this review (and, of course, having seen the film before, wich is excelent) I will be in the future very, very cautious with the recommendations or negative critics in the Time Out Film Guide. Not to be entirely trusted; they can be obviously be very far from the truth.