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Dirty Reviews

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Robert Koehler
Variety
July 22, 2008
A no-nonsense dramatic response to the LAPD Rampart scandals of the '90s.
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Dirty is a solid ride, and deserves recognition if only because it affords Gooding the chance to reaffirm his acting chops.
Luke Y. Thompson
LYTRules.com
October 25, 2006
Fisher goes a bit too over the top with a couple of conventions that I wish he'd rein in.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 26, 2006
This picture of it is poppin' blanks at too many turns to be considered honest nor a reflection of the real deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 1, 2006
...although Dirty isn't much better than some of his earlier efforts, one can't help but admire Gooding Jr's willingness to portray such an irredeemably nasty character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 27, 2006
We get it. All of you guys watched the Tarantino movies and you watched the Peckinpah movies. Enough, give us something original.
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
February 26, 2006
DIRTY boasts about a wayward police drama that needs considerable conscientious washing. Sadly, this perfunctory scrub job simply attacks the same old neglected stained areas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
February 24, 2006
The cinematography of Eliot Rockett is also laudable: The city is not only rendered in the usual hot and gritty texture of urban landscapes, but is imbued with sense of oppression that is palpable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 24, 2006
Even the stunningly downbeat ending smacks of sub-Tarantinoesque theatrics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 24, 2006
This isn't a film made by someone who knows anything about cops. It's a film made by someone who's seen a lot of cop movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 24, 2006
The machinations of the plot are so murky as to be not worth following.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 24, 2006
The only suspense is how long it's going to take for this movie to finally drag to an end.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
February 24, 2006
As good as the leads and the supporting cast are, and as much action as gets packed into the film's relatively brief running time, none of it draws us in dramatically.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brent Simon
FilmStew.com
February 24, 2006
As the villain, Wyclef Jean exercises an impression-as-accent of John Malkovich's character from Rounders in turn impersonating a member of the Jamaican bobsled team.
Dan Fienberg
Zap2it.com
February 24, 2006
Capturing LA as a sepia-toned, sunbaked wasteland just isn't fresh. Why must every LA cop drama take place on the hottest day of the year just as the city is about to explode?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

E! Online
February 24, 2006
The intentions are sincere, but you'll want to take a good shower after sitting through this mess.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Fred Topel
About.com
February 23, 2006
While I have no doubt that real corrupt cops use language like this, it sounds like these actors don't actually know what the words mean. They sound like eighth graders... like Anthony Anderson and Taye Diggs in Malibu's Most Wanted pretending not
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 23, 2006
Cuba Gooding Jr. sheds the halo that has threated to strangle his career by playing a corrupt cop in a nasty little genre film set in Los Angeles.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
February 23, 2006
It makes Training Day seem like a film about good citizenship, but Dirty is also a luxury vehicle for two actors whose every appearance on screen is a boon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
February 23, 2006
Like the best pulp, though, it gets its hooks into you faster than you can start to wonder why you should possibly care about what happens to any of its despicable characters, and, before you know it, you've been pulled deep into its Dantean vision.
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