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The Offence

  R Closed Captioning

Sidney Lumet

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About the Movie

Sean Connery is Johnson, a hard-boiled British police detective who is overwhelmed by a child molestation case. His reaction during the interrogation is to kill the suspect, and he is suspended. He eventually emotionally completely falls apart, and it is hinted that his violent reaction to the suspect was due to his latent tendencies as a pedophile.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 14
  • Fresh: 10
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's highly theatrical -- perhaps just a little too highly theatrical for the more or less realistic context -- but it's been staged by Lumet for maximum effect. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, May 12, 2015

Rotten: Lumet's direction strives to give to material that is neither edifying nor suspenseful a fake profundity, stretching it to unconscionable lengths. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, May 12, 2015

Fresh: The third collaboration between Sean Connery and the director Sidney Lumet is an unsettling glimpse into the toxic mind of a policeman who has been polluted by the horrors witnessed over the course of his career. – Wendy Ide, Times (UK), May 12, 2015

Fresh: Embedded in a 'realistic' police scene, dialogue and situations now have a ring of arty melodrama. Fascinating, nevertheless, with outstanding performances from Connery and (especially) Bannen. – Tom Milne, Time Out, May 12, 2015

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Customer Reviews


Strangely cerebral film. Subtly surreal, too.

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