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The Crimson Rivers(Les Rivières pourpres)

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France · 2000
Rated R · 1h 46m
Director Mathieu Kassovitz
Starring Jean Reno, Vincent Cassel, Nadia Farès, Dominique Sanda
Genre Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Two French policemen, one investigating a grisly murder at a remote mountain college, the other working on the desecration of a young girl's grave by skinheads, are brought together by the clues from their respective cases. Soon after they start working together, more murders are committed, and the pair begin to discover just what dark secrets are behind the killings.

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Adequately entertaining but not particularly memorable.


L.A. Weekly by Ella Taylor

Never lets up: A door can't shut without sounding like a bomb going off; mutilated bodies show up with clockwork punctuality, gratuitously underscored by a relentlessly overbearing soundtrack.


Boston Globe by Jay Carr

The Crimson Rivers could teach many an American thriller a thing or two about sophisticated creepiness.


New York Post by Jonathan Foreman

Two things make this film slightly more interesting than its American B-movie equivalents. There's the artless way it shows the French state exercising its power and the charisma of French stars.


Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

Not even the strong, reflective, world-weary presence of Reno or Cassel's energy can make a dent in a movie in which suspense and tension dissipate quickly, with action sequences not spectacular enough to compensate. All that's left is gratuitous gore.


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

A breathtaking exercise in the macabre, a gruesome thriller with quirky cops and a killer of Lecterian complexity, and even when the movie is perfect nonsense, it's so voluptuous that you're grateful to be watching it anyway.

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