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Policeman(Ha-shoter)

A member of an Israeli anti-terrorist unit clashes with a group of young radicals in this hostage thriller.
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Variety by

This fascinating but uneven pic has a conceptual rigor that doesn’t always translate into compelling viewing or even a smooth narrative whole. Nevertheless, it reps a strong debut from tyro helmer-writer Nadav Lapid.
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The Playlist by Christopher Bell

Avoiding easy answers and engaging on various levels, Policeman is exactly the kind of film that makes one excited about the art again.
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IndieWire by Eric Kohn

While blatantly topical, this is not a political film of the moment, but rather a calculated meditation on self-defined purpose in the midst of societal confusion.
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The New York Times by Manohla Dargis

In Policeman, Mr. Lapid, making an electrifying feature directing debut, traces the line between the group and the individual in a story that can be read as a commentary on the world as much as on Israel.
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Village Voice by Michael Nordine

Lapid is so unconcerned with crafting a conventional crime drama that merely titling his film Policeman reads as a minor subversion, a way of defining the narrative in relation to a genre it hardly fits into.
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Slant Magazine by Nick Schager

Israel's fractured psyche is plumbed via narrative splintering in Policeman, Nadav Lapid's compelling drama about his homeland's burgeoning social unrest.

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