An epic tale of courage and hope, "The Interrupters" is a new film from acclaimed director Steve James ("Hoop Dreams") and award-winning author Alex Kotlowitz ("There Are No Children Here"). The film tells the moving and surprising story of three Violence Interrupters in Chicago who with bravado, humility and even humor try to protect their communities from the violence they once employed.
- Steve James
In a documentary career defined by fierce commitment to his subjects, Steve James delivers his most ambitious project yet in The Interrupters.Peter Debruge, Variety, 08.19.2011
It tears at your heart with its depiction of the intractability of the problem. But it simultaneously insists, and makes you believe, that change is possible one person at a time.Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 08.25.2011
Steve James' arresting documentary could benefit even more from a multi-part television treatment.John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, 08.19.2011
"The Interrupters" is an intense and chilling documentary about peacekeeping troops in a war zone.Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, 09.01.2011