Box art for French Connection II

French Connection II

action & adventure, drama, thrillers

A hard-boiled New York cop, Popeye Doyle, travels to Marseilles to continue his relentless pursuit of an international drug dealer.

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: If you take away comparisons with the original, it's a reasonably solid, if flawed, crime thriller; but it does shrink into the shadow cast by its vastly superior predecessor.

- Brian Webster, Apollo Guide, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: may wrap up the story the original began, but it just doesn't have the same magic

- Christopher Null,, Thursday, April 2, 2009


- Don Druker, Chicago Reader, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I love 70's crime thrillers and Gene Hackman is always very watchable but this isn't quite the sequel I was hoping for. That said, the acting is brilliant, particularly during the 'Cold Turkey' part of the film that was fairly uncompromising. The ending is also really good too, it just doesn't feel like The French Connection. Still, very much worth a watch.

- SirPant, Wednesday, May 4, 2011

4 stars

A great follow up to the first and in many ways just as entertaining. Its more about Popeye Doyle rather than the case, but thats basically what I would want. Gene Hackman plays the character so well that you could watch him for hours and not get tired. I love the fact that it actually ties into the first one without becoming dependent on it. While it might have the same look, its a very different film. The characters change and it becomes more about revenge. The heroin scenes really do have an effect on you and I think its a step that was necessary to make it as gritty as the original. Definitely a great movie that can stand on its own as a crime epic.

- ythelastman89, Tuesday, March 30, 2010

3 stars

Incredibly grim sequel to one of the best hard-boiled cop movies of the 70s, Popeye Doyle blusters into France to find himself out of his depth and completely ineffectual in this strange land. Add to this the humiliation of being kidnapped and completely broken by the bad guy who deliberately hooks him on heroin, and a wrath-filled vengeance is assured. Sometimes difficult to watch, but a powerful sequel.

- garyX, Thursday, June 28, 2007