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      A Cop Movie

      R Released Oct 20, 2021 1h 47m Drama List
      93% Tomatometer 42 Reviews 77% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings Following family tradition, Teresa and Montoya join the police force, only to find their convictions and hopes crushed by a dysfunctional system. Their emotional bond becomes a refuge for the hostility they are exposed to. Through an experimental style of narrative and documentary storytelling, A Cop Movie propels the viewer into an unusual cinematic space, giving voice to one of Mexico and the world's most controversial institutions. Read More Read Less Watch on Netflix Stream Now

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      Smart and surprising, A Cop Movie grapples with themes that are as thorny as they are timely -- and emerges a strikingly thought-provoking winner.

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      Ben Kenigsberg New York Times It's as if someone combined "Cops," "F for Fake" and "When Harry Met Sally." Nov 4, 2021 Full Review Kevin Maher Times (UK) By the end, something has blurred, as actor, character and cop become one. All that remains is the sense of duty and compromise, and a film-maker, Ruizpalacios, of real talent. Rated: 4/5 Oct 29, 2021 Full Review Peter Bradshaw Guardian It's a movie bristling with ideas and ingenuity. Rated: 4/5 Oct 27, 2021 Full Review M.N. Miller Ready Steady Cut Alonso Ruizpalacios’ A Cop Movie has ambition and creativity. Rated: 3/5 Oct 21, 2022 Full Review Erick Estrada Cinegarage A game of meta realities where in the end, paradoxically, truth triumphs. The truth of those police bodies whom we have chosen to ignore. [Full review in Spanish] Jun 29, 2022 Full Review Josh Parham Next Best Picture This is a film that is not afraid to experiment with a rigid formula that has been placed before it, and it manages to explore its topics and themes in a riveting manner. Rated: 7/10 Jun 5, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member A movie clearly influenced by a high class perspective over a working class subject, the fiction parts and the "video testimony" of the male actor feel disconnected and out of touch with the real cops, just feels like a 2 hour lack of understanding. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review jorge c Un largometraje que se la pasa transformándose cuando quiere de una película de ficción a un documental de la vida real y al final como estas logran converger una con la otra de forma tanto poética como cruel. Sin duda que toma todas las libertades y atrevimientos para lograr tal hazaña audiovisual, indudablemente es una historia conmovedora y de cierta manera con evidente tragicomedia, a pesar de las circunstancias de la inseguridad que viven aquellos que según su objetivo, es dar orden y seguridad a la ciudadanía. Es un documental el cual, si todo el país lo viera, quizás y solo quizás, cambiaria la perspectiva tanto de los ciudadanos como de los policiales. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Director Alonso Ruizpalacios is proving once again he's the new voice of contemporary mexican cinema with this original and surprisingly absorbent empathetic look at mexican police body, a group that is not only underestmated by the citizens, but is also constantly in danger, threatened by the major forces of organised crime and the indiference from the ones in power. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review dave d The gimmicks of blurred the line betwixt documentary and drama proved clunky for me and just didn't work. There are a few takeaways. Mexico appears a heck of a lot more free than America. One man who lives in Miami makes a comment that says as much. However, with so much being scripted or commentary it can prove as a distraction. Alonso Ruiz Palacios I'm sure wants the viewer to have an immersive experience, but that wasn't the case for me. And not for nothing the shock factor of lulling the viewer to sleep and then showing a penis (yes you heard me) seemed just bizarre. Total gimmick. Final Score: 3/10 Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Following family tradition, Teresa and Montoya join the police force, only to find their convictions and hopes crushed by a dysfunctional system. Their emotional bond becomes a refuge for the hostility they are exposed to. Through an experimental style of narrative and documentary storytelling, A Cop Movie propels the viewer into an unusual cinematic space, giving voice to one of Mexico and the world's most controversial institutions.
      Director
      Alonso Ruizpalacios
      Producer
      Daniela Alatorre, Elena Fortes
      Screenwriter
      Alonso Ruizpalacios, David Gaitán
      Distributor
      Netflix
      Production Co
      No Ficción
      Rating
      R (Language and Brief Sexuality)
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Spanish
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 20, 2021, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 5, 2021
      Runtime
      1h 47m
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