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Interrupters, The (15)


A year in the life of a city grappling with urban violence.

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The critical consensus

Amidst the pain and despair of the world it portrays, The Interrupters offers the possibility of hope and even redemption.

****(*)Tom Dawson, The List, 04/08/2011

The result is knuckle-biting reportage, incisive on both the causes and consequences of violence. If The Wire’s urban tapestries were real, they might look like this.

****(*)Kevin Harley, Total Film, 05/08/2011

A welcome return from Hoop Dream director Steve James. Even at just shy of three hours, the format strains to accommodate such a complex, involving true-life story, but it makes a seriously impressive attempt.

****(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 08/08/2011

A titanic piece of documentary filmmaking destined to have a real impact.

****(*)Matt Bochenski, Little White Lies, 11/08/2011

This documentary gives a clear and powerful picture of the desperate sadness that arises from this violence: the funerals, the flowers, the memorial T-shirts.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 11/08/2011

A sharper sense of structure might have produced a masterpiece, but it’s still vital, upsetting, and full of wary hope.

****(*)The Telegraph, 11/08/2011

The film, for all its worth, feels too small for its chaotic subject.

***(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 12/08/2011

It feels like a cop-out compared with the more political Hoop Dreams, but The Interrupters is still a deeply moving documentary.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 14/08/2011

It's an encouraging film, though its overall context in an America 50 years after the election of Jack Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson is depressing.

Philip French, The Observer, 14/08/2011

Although not an original concept, the film carries enough gravity to make compelling and often distressing viewing.

Callum, TV Bomb, 18/10/2011

Features about Interrupters, The (15)

Meet Chicago's Interrupters...

Andrew Anthony, The Guardian, 06/08/2011

Interrupters, The (15)

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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