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 … 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
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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
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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

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