Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops

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Jenifer McShane's (Mothers of Bedford) directs documentary Ernie & Joe which follows San Antonio, Texas police officers Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro, who are diverting people from jail and into mental health treatment.


  • Joe Smarro
  • Ernie Stevens

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Nov 14, 2019

Moving in its humanity and forceful in its pragmatism, the documentary feels like essential viewing, especially for decision makers with the power to enact similar initiatives.

Metacritic review by Kevin Crust
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
Mar 14, 2019

As well as building a strong case, through example, of the implications for towns and cities across the country, the film delivers telling glimpses of the personal day-to-day coping mechanisms of the cops themselves.

Metacritic review by Sheri Linden
Sheri Linden
The Hollywood Reporter
Mar 14, 2019

To be perfectly honest, as a movie Ernie And Joe is a somewhat routine affair. Follow subjects, interview subjects, point, shoot, move on. And most of the time that would be a problem, creating a lack of engagement or energy. However, McShane is intelligent enough to realize that trying to add pizazz to what is being portrayed here, especially in this particular climate of police relations with citizens, would ring hollow. ... Ernie And Joe struck a deeply personal core with me, as I am sure it will with most audience members.

Metacritic review by Bobby LePire
Bobby LePire
Film Threat