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Vinz (Vincent Cassel), who is Jewish, Hubert (Hubert Kounde), who is Black, and Said (Said Taghmaoui), who is Arabic, are young men from the lower rungs of the French economic ladder; they have no jobs, few prospects, and no productive way to spend their time. They hang out and wander the streets as a way of filling their days and are sometimes caught up in frequent skirmishes between the police and other disaffected youth. One day, a ... [+]
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United StatesUnited States M
Roger Ebert
"The film's ending is more or less predictable and inevitable, but effective all the same. The film is not about its ending. It is not about the landing, but about the fall (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
United StatesUnited States Variety "An extremely intelligent take on an idiotic reality (...) Kassovitz has achieved a mature tone and narrative cohesion"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Alan Morrison
"Exquisite black-and-white photography (...) Mathieu Kassovitz's triumph is in finding humanity in every single one of his characters (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Caryn James
The New York Times
"Some humor emerges from 'Hate' (...) Kassovitz wrote as well as directed 'Hate', and has a small part as a skinhead. This film is a major step ahead in his strong and still new career."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Conor Soules
"It says as much about the present as it does about the past (...) Kassovitz proves he is a master of the craft with his impressive camera work (...) It transcends the notion of French identity."  POS
United StatesUnited States Time Out "There is a maturity and depth to the characterisation which goes beyond mere agitprop (...) A vital, scalding piece of work (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Scott Tobias
AV Club
"'La Haine' contains a few false notes, but they go hand-in-hand with the young punk energy and anger that animates nearly every shot."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Max Cavitch
"One of the most nuanced and technically accomplished treatments of race, violence, and the politics of assimilation in recent cinema (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Andrew Hussey
The Guardian
"This was dazzling cinema but most importantly, it was the first time the banlieue had ever been represented to a mainstream French audience."  POS
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