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Polytechnique (English version)

HD   14A Closed Captioning

Denis Villeneuve

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About the Movie

Based on the true events that occurred on December 6, 1989, at the Montreal’s Polytechnique, the movie tells us about that specific day through the eyes of two students, Valérie and Jean-François, for whom their life has been changed forever, when a young man entered the school with one idea in mind: kill himself and take with him as many women as possible.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 14
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The virtue - and also the limitation - of this movie is that it confronts senselessness and insists on remaining calm and sane. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Jun 28, 2011

Fresh: Polytechnique smartly exposes the spectrum of misogyny without overplaying the connection between the two incidents. Which makes the concluding flash-forward scene all the more disappointing. – Melissa Anderson, Village Voice, Jun 28, 2011

Fresh: The tragic art of Polytechnique isn't what it shows or reveals but rather the contemplation it inspires. There are moments in life when nothing makes sense and sadness descends; this is one of them. – Peter Howell, Toronto Star, Jun 28, 2011

Fresh: Nicely anticipates Villeneuve's 2010 masterpiece, Incendies, another story of forgiveness in a cruel, cold world. – David Fear, Time Out, Jun 29, 2011

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Customer Reviews

A defining moment in Canadian history

As a result of this tragedy Canada implemented strict gun control laws, which is the reason it doesn't have the issues with rampant gun violence the US unfortunately suffers from far too frequently

Polytechnique (English version)
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  • $4.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2009

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