The Cinema Guild's Ryan Krivoshev calls the film “both an immersive cinematic experience and an epic feat of storytelling…[it] grabs you from the first tension-filled moments and never lets go." Here's the film's website, Facebook and Twitter pages. Watch the trailer below.
In his review, THR's John DeFore, writes:
"It is astonishing how effective these men -- and the few women with the experience required to work with them -- can be. We see as they confront both hotheaded individuals and tense mobs, speaking to each audience in a language few social workers could pull off. The extent to which they manage to defuse things would simply not be believable in a fiction film."
By letting the experts do the talking, “The Interrupters” thoroughly inhabits that wisdom. Conventional standards would imply that, at 2 hours and 42 minutes, the movie runs too long. But the lengthy middle section allows for a fascinating immersion in the details of the interrupters’ efforts, and the final scenes wind down with a series of reconciliations between reformed criminals and their victims. The entire movie is one long resolution to a widespread problem and ends with the lingering feeling that the work has just begun.
Ray Pride covered the debut at Sundance.