Get our recommendations directly on

Netflix Curator
, download our Chrome extension for free.Learn more.

Install Netflix Curator

watch later

like

have seen

Not interested

A Cop Movie (2021)A Cop Movie (2021)

A Cop Movie (2021)

An empathetic and impressively inventive look at the notoriously corrupt Mexican police force

Action, Crime, Documentary, Drama, Thriller

7.5

movie

Mexico

Spanish

Challenging, Character-driven, Discussion-sparking

2021

Alonso Ruizpalacios

Leonardo Alonso, Mónica Del Carmen, Raúl Briones

107 min

Synopsis

This documentary walks the line between fact and fiction, delving into corruption in the Mexican police through the experiences of two officers.

Our Take

7.5
The Staff

In the Mexican film A Cop Movie, director Alonso Ruizpalacios mixes fact and fiction, documentary and narrative, to tell the tale of Teresa and Montoya, two police officers whose dreams are dashed by the corruption of their trade and who, eventually, find love and comfort in each other.

Ruizpalacios takes thrilling risks in structuring this genre-bending story—cutting stories into parts, jumping back and forth between the harrowingly real and captivatingly non-real. For all the experimental maneuvers he makes, however, the through-line is always Teresa and Montoya: particularly, their love for each other and for an institution that should have, in an ideal world, supported them and the people they vowed to protect. 

To its credit, instead of merely humanizing the controversial police force, A Cop Movie adds some much-needed nuance to the big picture. At the end of the day, they’re no different than any other underpaid laborers working desperately to make end meets. A Cop Movie doesn’t gloss over the fact that the police, like so many other workers, are stuck in a rotten system that’s long overdue for a major overhauling. 

Comments

What did you think? Who should watch it?

Next up

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

7.2
A winning outsider tale set in the Deep South

watch later

like

have seen

Not interested

Land and Freedom (1995)
7.0

A sober and dignified account of Marxist fighters in the Spanish Civil War

watch later

like

have seen

Not interested

On the Record (2020)
best
8.3

A music industry exposé that evolves into a complex account of Black history

watch later

like

have seen

Not interested

The Woman Who Left (2016)
7.4

A Golden Lion-winning moralistic tale from slow cinema master Lav Diaz

watch later

like

have seen

Not interested

20 Feet from Stardom (2013)
7.4

Back-up singers take a deserved spotlight in this Oscar-winning doc

watch later

like

have seen

Not interested

The Infiltrator (2016)
7.1

A well-told, serious-minded crime thriller bolstered by an incredibly strong cast

watch later

like

have seen

Not interested

Days of Being Wild (1990)
best
8.1

A dreamy rumination on the beauty of unattainable romance

watch later

like

have seen

Not interested

Pieces of a Woman (2020)
7.0

An unnerving but honest look at childbirth, partnership, and grief

watch later

like

have seen

Not interested

RRR (2022)
7.9

An epic Indian action film that packs a mighty punch

watch later

like

have seen

Not interested

Millennium Actress (2001)
7.9

An elderly actress recounts her life through films

watch later

like

have seen

Not interested

© 2022 agoodmovietowatch, all rights reserved.

We are home to the best film and TV on popular streaming services. Supported only by readers like you and by public grants.