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

Genre: Documentary

Country: USA

Directed By: Steve James

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The Interrupters belongs to 21 collections
1. Best of criticker: Documentary (public: moderated by avgcrtckr - 12 stars)
2. Gang (public: moderated by djross - 2 stars)
3. Chicago (public: moderated by djross - 1 star)
4. 2011 US Theatrical (public: moderated by DrBroel)
5. Kartemquin Films (production co.) (public: moderated by Ag0stoMesmer)
7. The AV Club Best Films of 2011 (private: TychoCelchuu - 3 stars)
8. Reza Archive (private: reza899 - 1 star)
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TCI | Tier | Date Ranked | # Stars (Reviews)
Date User Score
Nov 22, 2017 spizcraft
83T9
Oct 18, 2017 ericambler
90T10
An essential deep dive into America's continued epidemic of violence, THE INTERRUPTERS celebrates the dedicated people working against long odds to provide restorative justice in their communities. They, like the film, are dedicated to the long haul, and both perform a massively overwhelming job that's also necessary and effective. The movie does right by its subjects by pulling them into the limelight, even if they are all too aware that they'll quickly fade back into the shadows.
Sep 06, 2017 monoglot
70T7
Jun 29, 2017 FreddieQuell FreddieQuell
86T9
May 13, 2017 fish_beauty
67T3
May 12, 2017 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
73T9
May 12, 2017 ashfieldmall
70T6
May 09, 2017 kupfertj
76T7
Apr 28, 2017 rframe2
80T5
Apr 12, 2017 letterboxdvo letterboxdvo
39T9
Mar 20, 2017 WillyV
80T9
Mar 11, 2017 enzothebaker
40T4
Dec 23, 2016 robochaa
80T7
Nov 02, 2016 jerrywarton
78T10
Oct 11, 2016 zmoats zmoats
92T10
Chicago is more than just a city and it's certainly more than the political talking point that it has somehow become when talking about violence. Steve James, with the help of Operation CeaseFire Chicago, showcases that in this devastating and, at times, hopeful documentary.
Sep 29, 2016 ERogers
100T10
Jul 30, 2016 EricDSnider2 EricDSnider2
85T7
Jun 30, 2016 PeaceAnarchy PeaceAnarchy
83T8
A very interesting subject with candid moments. It has its share of emotional moments but none are overplayed and the overall feel balances both the hope of the interrupters, the sense of hopelessness of those involved in violence and the frustration and confusion of everyone. No specific thing shown here is really new, but the portraits show a humanity that is lacking when reading a news article or internet discussions and does it's best to avoid right/wrong judgements.
Jun 08, 2016 CHIMP CHIMP
82T9
Jun 02, 2016 marcinvg
80T9
Jun 01, 2016 lee182
100T10
May 15, 2016 emupie
92T10
Jan 24, 2016 Ajee11
81T8
Jan 06, 2016 braddad68
92T7
Dec 28, 2015 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
41T10
Dec 14, 2015 robot2xl robot2xl
70T1
Dec 07, 2015 Llanirev Llanirev
60T4
Oct 03, 2015 moovielover
85T6
Sep 15, 2015 RavynLoony RavynLoony
72T9
Aug 29, 2015 courtney1117
90T9
Aug 26, 2015 sunhuang
60T3
Aug 22, 2015 moodeuce
70T6
Jul 11, 2015 CiTay
90T10
Jul 09, 2015 johnirwin
75T7
May 18, 2015 zetes
70T5
May 11, 2015 masoo masoo
90T9
One thing that makes James' movies so strong is that he works hard to give us characters of depth about whom we care a lot. He also effectively balances the bleak with the hopeful, for the most part without seeming too much the Pollyanna. Here, he focuses on three "Violence Interrupters" who intervene in real-time street disputes, hoping (and often succeeding) to prevent murders. We also get to know a few of those street people. We care about them all.
May 10, 2015 Moribunny Moribunny
60T6
Something about it felt exploitative, bourgeois and moralistic at first, but my initial misgivings then gave way to lively interest and emotional reaction. The "CeaseFire" group are interesting people, particularly Eddie Bocanegra who is a rehabilitated murderer hell-bent on making amends.
May 04, 2015 Riach Riach
91T9
Apr 24, 2015 mkdaun
75T6
Apr 20, 2015 cardsos01
70T9
Apr 05, 2015 SpaceSpiff SpaceSpiff
95T8
Mar 22, 2015 litcof
99T10
Mar 21, 2015 windowseat
80T7
Mar 20, 2015 DMCrimson DMCrimson
81T7
Mar 18, 2015 LetterRip
0T1
Mar 12, 2015 Prendelo
73T4
Feb 16, 2015 pacer
80T8
Feb 05, 2015 krmr krmr
89T9
Jan 31, 2015 Mattias1
80T9
Jan 20, 2015 ArloJWiley
50T3
Jan 03, 2015 pieterpronk
65T3
Jan 01, 2015 oralet oralet
68T6
Dec 20, 2014 TheSean
68T4
Dec 13, 2014 erkmen erkmen
71T6
Dec 09, 2014 roger-ebert
40T10
Dec 05, 2014 gargantua gargantua
72T7
Nov 26, 2014 10kfilms
87T9
Nov 10, 2014 spiritofeden
75T8
Oct 04, 2014 jondunn87
70T6
Sep 20, 2014 jammerjoint
80T7
Sep 17, 2014 marcomarconi
75T4
Sep 09, 2014 darkpoet
60T6
Aug 28, 2014 StephenCook
90T9
Aug 23, 2014 caffe
85T9
Aug 23, 2014 AKS
80T10
Jul 29, 2014 flowing flowing
69T8
Jul 20, 2014 zurnzurn
60T4
Jul 12, 2014 gam01 gam01
70T6
Jun 09, 2014 SNAKEFOOD89 SNAKEFOOD89
82T7
Jun 02, 2014 AFlickering AFlickering
43T3
May 06, 2014 blucthulhu
70T6
Apr 22, 2014 dforman
90T10
Apr 19, 2014 christof christof
89T10
Mar 28, 2014 Dorkovsky Dorkovsky
8T10
Mar 24, 2014 Sam_Pakk Sam Pakk
96T10
Mar 20, 2014 GrimsChild GrimsChild
55T7
Mar 04, 2014 Raf Raf
30T2
Feb 13, 2014 robixsmash
80T9
Feb 13, 2014 drdutw drdutw
71T4
Jan 28, 2014 C12H17N2O4P C12H17N2O4P
78T8
Jan 26, 2014 dzacharyt
12T1
Jan 15, 2014 eCitizen eCitizen
20T2
Another documentary about the Los Angeles crime scene. People trying their best to make a difference in a pathetic sad situation that doesn't see much change year to year. Points for effort, but not a fun watch.
Jan 05, 2014 tenant tenant
50T5
Dec 18, 2013 mdfleming80
88T9
Dec 03, 2013 trip9
75T5
Nov 24, 2013 ErikaC
70T3
Nov 16, 2013 oakwoodjoe
75T9
Nov 15, 2013 Parexus2 Parexus2
75T6
Definitely eye opening, but gets repetitive and feels longer than it should be.
Oct 26, 2013 thefriedone
100T10
Oct 15, 2013 filmaffinity filmaffinity
71T9
Oct 13, 2013 podger13
80T7
Oct 06, 2013 Sardelynn
90T10
Sep 30, 2013 mt11
84T9
Sep 13, 2013 spoko spoko
70T4
Sep 09, 2013 thinkalot thinkalot
75T4
Sep 04, 2013 rant1229 rant1229
3T5
If you love documentaries, this is one made just for you. Which is unfortunate, since people who don't love documentaries need to see it just as much. However many, I imagine, will find it a bit of a slog at points.
Sep 01, 2013 jorweinberg
84T4
Aug 17, 2013 Ljusbus Ljusbus
8T9
Aug 16, 2013 sand_trigger
75T5
Jul 30, 2013 Toke Za
70T7
Jul 24, 2013 Budhisattva Budhisattva
81T6
Jul 16, 2013 bizort
50T3
Incredibly repetitive
Jul 15, 2013 preamp
80T7
Jul 13, 2013 buttonman
80T8
Jul 04, 2013 muncahujo
90T8
Jul 02, 2013 aaronwhat aaronwhat
80T6
Jun 04, 2013 manwich
80T7
Apr 27, 2013 Guernica Guernica
48T5
Apr 05, 2013 RadioFreeLee RadioFreeLee
81T7
Mar 29, 2013 smoore_lfc
88T10
Mar 22, 2013 sbirko
65T5
Mar 18, 2013 Cronos
60T6
Mar 13, 2013 Harbinger
88T7
Mar 10, 2013 JohnSandwich JohnSandwich
75T8
Feb 23, 2013 yedster79
70T2
Feb 19, 2013 debaser1985
83T10
Feb 18, 2013 DeazMoviez DeazMoviez
71T6
Jan 29, 2013 pzingg
83T4
Jan 18, 2013 alcyon alcyon
75T8
Jan 13, 2013 JimmyLeresky JimmyLeresky
90T10
Jan 09, 2013 JoeyWashout Joey_Washout
70T6
Jan 05, 2013 lucidquasar
80T7
Jan 04, 2013 george.96
90T9
Dec 29, 2012 TalkShowH finkly
70T7
Dec 13, 2012 oracle2b oracle2b
70T6
Dec 08, 2012 gonzalo gonzalo
8T9
Dec 04, 2012 sebby sebby
80T9
Speaking as someone who grew up scant miles from where the film is centered, it breaks my heart that Chicago is as riddled with gang violence now as it was 25 years ago. Maybe more so. James, as always does a great job humanizing everyone on the other side of his lens.
Nov 30, 2012 danastevens
90T10
May be the most necessary film you'll see this year. But if you go to the movies in search of emotion rather than edification, don't let that word necessary deter you, because this is also one of the most engaging films you'll see this year, full of vibrant, complex real-life characters whose troubles and joys will stay with you long after the movie's done.
Nov 28, 2012 rublyov
65T7
Nov 19, 2012 redacted redacted
77T7
This nations got problems if the city the President hails from is matching the death toll in Iraq, sort your system out 'merica. From parent's who've given up on their children, to God being used as a scapegoat or replacement father, to a complete disregard for education institutions and their services. These interrupters are in the right place for stemming retaliation, but how do you curb something that has gone beyond the cliche that surrounds it?
Nov 19, 2012 forehead1
50T5
From the director of Hoop Dreams but not a patch on that seminal documentary, The Interrupters follows a group of ex-gang members in Chicago as they attempt to talk the young'uns out of sorting their differences with violence. You're split between sympathising with the youths and hoping they just wipe each other out, and perhaps caring little about their fate is the problem. There are a few mini story arcs, the best concentrating on Flamo's redemption, but it's all just a bit 'samey' throughout.
Nov 12, 2012 kschurmn
80T7
Nov 11, 2012 INDYATMN
89T9
Showcases some indisputiably ameliorative work 2 stem inner-city acts of violence, but it also provides such unflinchingly honest portraits of the education- (& values-) impoverished kinds of aggressive personalities (even when they're being playful) bred 2 survive in them it's impossible not 2 think their work amounts 2 little more than band-aids on a corpse. Like war-zones in the middle east it seems a certainty we'll be fruitlessly wrestling w/ exactly the same problem 100 years from now.
Nov 04, 2012 dustin dustin
75T7
Oct 28, 2012 Vmfs
8T8
Oct 12, 2012 filmcave
84T9
Oct 10, 2012 bones_r
70T6
Sep 26, 2012 RetinaScan RetinaScan
95T10
Sep 20, 2012 AVclub
9T9
Sep 17, 2012 gabehabash gabehabash
90T10
Aug 28, 2012 stevekimes stevekimes
89T9
This is what it means to be peacemakers. Not perfect, but involved. Not always successful, but making a difference one step at a time. Inspirational.
Aug 21, 2012 winds winds
6T8
Aug 21, 2012 Jerky Jerky
55T7
Aug 17, 2012 willow
75T7
Aug 14, 2012 frnk23 frnk23
75T9
Jul 30, 2012 Roman_Herbom
87T9
Jul 29, 2012 bkam
80T8
Jul 27, 2012 luminais
75T8
Jul 13, 2012 NRM01
46T3
Jul 10, 2012 AlanLaidlaw Alan_Laidlaw
78T7
Jul 08, 2012 FitFortDanga MartinTeller
82T8
Jul 07, 2012 ECSR
8T7
Jul 04, 2012 Bondo
69T4
Jul 04, 2012 mjf333 mjf333
78T5
Jul 02, 2012 jildeese
75T4
Jun 15, 2012 jhmee8
79T5
Jun 11, 2012 sengir sengir
80T7
Jun 09, 2012 CarsonWid
72T7
In terms of content it's a very interesting documentary. Unfortunately, it does drag on a lot with the same type of stories and same 'lessons'. It seems a bit preachy and a bit long, but overall still good and worth watching.
Jun 03, 2012 Ram0n
80T9
Jun 02, 2012 lotr_sam0711 lotr-sam0711
70T6
May 25, 2012 ears550 elixir
58T5
May 21, 2012 nrm5
51T4
May 10, 2012 Fran
70T6
Apr 25, 2012 Kalmah7
86T9
Awesome to see people and organizations like this exist, awful to see how they got started and how they're implemented.
Apr 23, 2012 Gordon_Cole Gordon Cole
85T9
Apr 21, 2012 nrm4
59T5
Apr 16, 2012 cdub12
60T3
Apr 14, 2012 Clayton
87T6
Apr 08, 2012 Gody85 Gody85
59T8
Apr 04, 2012 8raz 8raz
89T10
Apr 02, 2012 redmdb redmdb
93T9
Mar 29, 2012 Ezp Ludium
85T9
Mar 22, 2012 DTI
82T7
Mar 16, 2012 Duval Spit
88T9
Mar 11, 2012 filmcricket
85T10
Mar 10, 2012 numan numan
88T9
Mar 07, 2012 Dancon7
81T9
Mar 06, 2012 WalkenRoll WalkenRoll
85T9
Mar 05, 2012 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
73T10
Mar 05, 2012 IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
77T8
Mar 04, 2012 AceySaid10 AceySaid10%
85T9
Flamo!
Mar 03, 2012 unclejoe unclejoe
80T7
Mar 02, 2012 chadvercetti chadvercetti
84T9
Mar 02, 2012 catfacer catfacer
88T9
Feb 26, 2012 Eric_WK Eric WK
85T9
Feb 23, 2012 wetwillies wetwillies
85T6
It is hard to hate a film that tackles this sort of subject. A lot of it is really powerful. The brick wall that says "I am next" is absolutely jawdropping. Still, some of the stories aren't so great. I found Eddie's sections especially boring.
Feb 23, 2012 Noblet Noblet
85T9
Feb 21, 2012 Astrophizz
90T9
Feb 20, 2012 jeffv jeff_v
80T10
Feb 20, 2012 kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
60T6
Feb 19, 2012 alexandrsaar alexandrsaar
89T10
Feb 18, 2012 AJD612
88T9
Feb 17, 2012 friendo55 friendo55
94T10
Very emotional and powerful film that certainly can inspire change - both on an internal smaller scale and a large city-wide scale. Bermuda is proof of this as they have since implemented their own CeaseFire organization. Hoping that they will release the 162-minute version that played at Sundance.
Feb 17, 2012 chemical404 chemical404
65T8
Very interesting and very sentimental documentary. You get to see glimpses of street mentality, but the main focus is on interrupters - social workers who aim to prevent as much violence as possible. There are some interesting and inspiring characters working with them, mostly coming from criminal background themselves. At times it feels a bit too sentimental and glorifying, but it's all with good intentions, I'm sure.
Feb 16, 2012 Mattsdmf
78T6
Feb 16, 2012 FrankHowley FrankHowley
65T5
Feb 15, 2012 koruthaiolos
72T6
Feb 15, 2012 Bojangles Bojangles
65T7
Feb 15, 2012 verbals verbals
79T8
Feb 14, 2012 AAAutin AAAutin
64T9
Feb 06, 2012 canadianor canadianor
50T3
Although the work being done by the violence interrupters in "The Interrupters" is commendable, you can't help but feel that it's all hopeless. Even with people that they have breakthroughs with, they have to rein back in for the most petty of arguments that turn into violent situations. The hopelessness makes the film feel much too long as it hits the same notes with no real growth. It's a sad fact, but it gets repetitive as everyone has such a similar story, which adds to your frustration.
Feb 04, 2012 KTP KTP
32T4
Feb 02, 2012 toro913
70T8
Feb 02, 2012 FlixR8r FlixR8r
78T9
Feb 01, 2012 MA M_A
88T10
Jan 29, 2012 Obdurate Obdurate
85T9
An interesting look into urban violence. Some genuinely touching moments.
Jan 25, 2012 krf7 krf7
60T4
Jan 19, 2012 schnofel schnofel
71T8
Jan 18, 2012 Warren Warren
85T8
Jan 15, 2012 jrusshall jrusshall
85T9
Jan 13, 2012 CatScandal
47T2
Jan 10, 2012 Henrik Henrik
75T7
Interesting and sober doc, but not nearly as powerful and engaging as the director's breakthrough 'Hoop Dreams'.
Jan 09, 2012 eumaios eumaios
81T7
Dec 31, 2011 Bandy Bandy
93T10
Dec 25, 2011 NRM03
66T7
Dec 22, 2011 p00q p00q
80T8
Dec 19, 2011 NoSex NoSex
85T9
Dec 13, 2011 tradingair tradingair
8T9
Dec 11, 2011 Holygrail2
96T10
Dec 10, 2011 NRM02
57T6
Dec 05, 2011 beach beach
7T6
Nov 12, 2011 IowaFilm
100T10
Oct 19, 2011 imdb imdb
84T10
Oct 13, 2011 SlantMag SlantMag
35T10
"A tour de force of editing that's similar in novelistic scale to Steve James's high school basketball epic Hoop Dreams." - Lauren Wissot
Sep 28, 2011 roujin roujin
80T10
Sep 21, 2011 Evolution Evolution
78T6
Aug 26, 2011 dsjoerdsma
85T9
Aug 24, 2011 jbissell jbissell
95T10
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