EddieRhino’s review published on Letterboxd:
Yes I know I’m doing this a day early, I have finals to study for tomorrow. Anyways this movie was quite good. Gene Hackman is fantastic as a very flawed cop. The pacing throughout the film is immaculate as is Friedkin’s direction. The cinematography is goddamn gorgeous, one of the best shot films ever. Screenplay is also great. Also doesn’t hurt the film’s rating that it has one of the greatest car chases in movie history. There were a couple things I didn’t love about the movie, there were a couple scenes that lacked the same punch as the rest of the movie, especially the beginning scenes in France, they didn’t seem to serve much of a purpose. There were a couple moments here and there in the main part of the film that weren’t as good but all of the scenes when Popeye and his partner are following the drug people are incredible. Keeps you engaged with the story really well. Honestly don’t have too much more to say, I really enjoyed this movie the second time around and was quite impressed with the quality of the filmmaking here.