Brooklyn's Finest (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

Brooklyn's Finest (2010)



Critic Consensus: It's appropriately gritty, and soaked in the kind of palpable tension Antoine Fuqua delivers so well, but Brooklyn's Finest suffers from the comparisons its cliched script provokes.

Movie Info

Burned out veteran Eddie Dugan is just one week away from his pension and a fishing cabin in Connecticut. Narcotics officer Sal Procida has discovered there's no line he won't cross to provide a better life for his long-suffering wife and seven children. And Clarence "Tango" Butler has been undercover so long his loyalties have started to shift from his fellow police officers to his prison buddy Caz, one of Brooklyn's most infamous drug dealers. When NYPD's Operation Clean Up targets the notoriously drug-ridden BK housing project, all three officers find themselves swept away by the violence and corruption of Brooklyn's gritty 65th Precinct and its most treacherous criminals.more
Rating: R (for bloody violence throughout, strong sexuality, nudity, drug content and pervasive language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Michael C. Martin, Brad Kane
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 6, 2010
Box Office: $26.7M
Overture Films - Official Site


Will Patton
as Lt. Bill Hobarts
Ellen Barkin
as Agent Smith
Brian F. O'Byrne
as Ronny Rosario
Shannon Kane
as Chantel
Wass W. Stevens
as Det. Patrick Leary
Armando Riesco
as Det. George Montress
Logan Marshall-Green
as Melvin Panton
Jesse Williams
as E. Quinlan
Jas Anderson
as K. Rock
Raquel Castro
as Katherine
Stella Maeve
as Cynthia
Gwen Stith
as Myeisha
Reilly Stith
as Myeisha
Bruce MacVittie
as Father Scarpitta
Robert John Burke
as State Trooper #1
Jerry Speziale
as Captain Geraci
Rodney "Bear" Jackso...
as Suspicious Man #1
Cle "Bone" Sloan
as "The Dragon"
Michael Pemberton
as Captain Jenkins
Zaire Paige
as Man Man
Alain Lautre
as Kid With Braids
Alain Lauture
as Kid With Braids
Alok Tewari
as Pakistani Man
as Student
Lela Rochon
as Investigator #1
Ed Moran
as Investigator #2
Isiah Whitlock Jr.
as Investigator #3
Leonid Citer
as Union Rep
Rosalyn Coleman
as Crying Mother
Paul Diomede
as Arguing Man
Diana Bologna
as Arguing Woman
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News & Interviews for Brooklyn's Finest

Critic Reviews for Brooklyn's Finest

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (38)

Fuqua once again proves his mastery of the cop/crime drama genre, making for the best of its kind since 'The Departed.'

Full Review… | January 3, 2014
Lyles' Movie Files

the film's remarkable cast helps Fuqua bring his sprawling web of nastiness to another level

Full Review… | November 13, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

An impressive and gritty cop drama with three strong leading performances.

Full Review… | October 30, 2012
Big Hollywood

Although Fuqua has already done this material, he is at least able to make some of it engaging, just not enough to recommend sitting through a runtime of over two hours to find it.

Full Review… | October 1, 2012

Paints with grimy authenticity a despairing, warts-and-all portrait of cops and criminals, turning the idea of the title on its head and then some.

Full Review… | April 8, 2012

Director Antoine Fuqua gives the well-trod material more room to roam than necessary but fails to shade it in anything but the drabbest law enforcement blue.

Full Review… | March 9, 2011
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Audience Reviews for Brooklyn's Finest


This hard and realistic thriller follows the fate of three New York cops: one of them has only one week left until retirement, one has been working undercover for years and the third is trying to make a cut to get his growing family out of a moldy house. Their paths only cross marginally, even up until the end, but they all have something in common: they are real human beings with flaws and no shiny heroes. The movie may take the pessimistic look on the job and what it makes out of men a tad too far, but it is still flawlessly acted and gets more exciting by the minute. In the end, only one of them is gonna make the right decision.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


I don't know why this was so universally bashed, it's really a great move and in many ways beats out its contemporaries like Crash. The main reason for that is fact that it doesn't have a single overbearing message that it's trying to convey for the entire movie, each character has their own message. I think Antoine Fuqua usually has a great style that he brings to his movies and this is a prime example of it. This often times has a visual style that mirrors each central character's tone, which I thought was pretty cool. Also, just from a visual standpoint Brookyln's Finest is extremely impressive. It reminds me a lot of The French Connection in that it has a realistic element that you can't quite put your finger on, but it's undeniably there. The story lines did a perfect job of intersecting; it wasn't obtrusive or cheesy, but gave you a feeling that this was just a massive city. The depiction of the police and criminals was really interesting; I liked that neither side was labeled as outright heroes or villains. (on a side note, I think it's hilarious that Richard Gere is rescuing hookers again). The core stories depend on individual decisions and morals rather that simple foreshadowing or having a plot that needs to go a certain direction. When the final climax finally hits, it's truly beautiful how everything works out. This is also strengthened by its performances; Richard Gere, Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke all turn in extremely good performances. All of their characters are conveyed in a way that makes them feel like real people. The acting isn't overblown or drawn out for oscar season. Chances are, if you're willing to give this a chance, it'll probably be a really nice surprise.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

If this was finest, God forbid me from seeing its worst. Except for a single scene, the complete movie was boring to the core.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Brooklyn's Finest Quotes

Ronny Rosario: Hey, Sal. Thanks for watching my back out there today. They're gonna pin a medal on you, bro.
Sal Procida: If I had given it a second thought, I wouldn't have lifted a finger for you. I would have done what I came here to do, so don't go patting me on the back. I don't deserve it.
– Submitted by Moe J (23 months ago)
Sal Procida: Change that skirt. People are gonna start to think we're Catholic only on Sundays.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)
Det. Patrick Leary: My shorty is black. Don't we go shopping for cocoa butter together?
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)

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