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Deep Cover

Deep Cover (1992)

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78

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 2

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
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Movie Info

Laurence Fishburne plays no-nonsense LAPD narc Russell Stevens, Jr., who has worked all his life to expunge the memory of his dope-addict father, whom he saw die in a liquor-store robbery. DEA agent Jerry Carver (Charles Martin Smith) orders Stevens to work as an undercover operative on a major case. The cop is to pose as a dealer in order to get the goods on South American drug lord. Stevens is so convincing as a dealer, that he fast works his way up through the ranks and gains the trust of

R,

Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Michael Tolkin, Henry Bean

Sep 14, 1999

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Convoluted and mostly unconvincing as a portrait of the drug underworld, Deep Cover [based on a story by Michael Tolkin] still carries some resonance due to its vivid portrait of societal decay and a heavyweight performance by Larry Fishburne.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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What emerges is a powerhouse thriller full of surprises, original touches, and rare political lucidity, including an impressive performance by Jeff Goldblum.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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In addition to Fishburne, it gives us a first-rate soundtrack, a clutch of splendid cameos, fine, grainy direction from Duke, and much pointed stuff about the hypocrisy behind the USA's so-called war against drugs.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Deep Cover eventually degenerates into so much gratuitous violence that 'kill' sounds like the most-used verb in the screenplay's last stages.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Rather than ride the easy cynicism of the script, by Michael Tolkin and Henry Bean, Fishburne illuminates his character's moral struggle.

June 6, 2001
Rolling Stone
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What sets Deep Cover apart is its sense of good and evil, the way it has the Fishburne character agonize over the moral decisions he has to make.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Cynical police thriller that veers between a standard issue genre action pic and something more meaningful and original.

November 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Smart and stylish, it also has scenes of crackling violence and dramaturgy that oftentimes strains to work but, on the whole, Deep Cover is engaging, thoughtful and inventive.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It's an unsettling yet compelling blend, and probably one you don't want to think about too much.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Laurence Fishburne haunts this movie with his deep set fiercely intense glaring eyes.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Cool, and deeply underrated.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Deep Cover was probably conceived as a quickie crime film, but thanks to Fishburne's and Goldblum's performances, it became much more.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

Too much grit, not enough Plot.

September 18, 2002
Moviehole

A tough, violent crime drama that pulls no punches.

August 12, 2002
Reeling Reviews

A truly entertaining little crime thriller. Fishburne and Goldblum are great together.

July 25, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Audience Reviews for Deep Cover

Nice little undercover piece directed by Bill Duke of Commando and Predator fame.
December 21, 2010
kenstachnik

Super Reviewer

Intelligent, intense and well-acted undercover cop drama, with Jeff Goldblum playing nicely against type as a psychotic yuppie and Laurence Fishburne suitably tortured as the cop seduced by his lavish life of crime.
March 2, 2007
garyX
xGary Xx

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decent flick
January 26, 2007
sanjurosamurai
danny d

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A bit garbagy. Not one that Laurence Fishburne or Jeff Goldblum should remember well.
June 23, 2008
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

    1. Russell Stevens Jr./John Hull: I'd been turned out like a two-dollar whore, with no kiss and no towel.
    – Submitted by Jo-Ann M (2 months ago)
    1. Russell Stevens Jr./John Hull: What would you do?
    – Submitted by Jo-Ann M (2 months ago)
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