(2011)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 12 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
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.
91
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.
90
The main performances are powerful, the visuals are bold and vivid, the final effect one of the gut having been punched and the mind stirred.
88
Slant Magazine
Israel's fractured psyche is plumbed via narrative splintering in Policeman, Nadav Lapid's compelling drama about his homeland's burgeoning social unrest.
83
The Playlist
Avoiding easy answers and engaging on various levels, Policeman is exactly the kind of film that makes one excited about the art again.
80
Time Out London
This unnerving and enigmatic debut feature from Israeli director Nadav Lapid trains its steely focus on the group dynamics of the cops and robbers rather than asking us to get swept along in the specifics of their violence travails.
70
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.
70
Village Voice
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.
70
Lapid's filmmaking skill helps keep us involved, as does Policeman's philosophical underpinnings.
50
The Dissolve
Give the Israeli drama Policeman some credit: It keeps finding new ways to be unsatisfying.

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