Brooklyn's Finest Reviews

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
January 3, 2014
Fuqua once again proves his mastery of the cop/crime drama genre, making for the best of its kind since 'The Departed.'
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
November 13, 2013
the film's remarkable cast helps Fuqua bring his sprawling web of nastiness to another level
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
October 30, 2012
An impressive and gritty cop drama with three strong leading performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
October 1, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
April 8, 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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
March 9, 2011
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 | Original Score: C

Future Movies UK
October 30, 2010
While there is plenty going on here, however, the whole film smacks of déjà vu.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
July 9, 2010
For all its powerful moments (of which there are many), it feels too calculated and pre-programmed in its downward spiral.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
June 27, 2010
Not likely to go over too well with Mayor Bloomberg and his tourism bureau, is this tabloid cinema crooked cop thriller and ghetto housing project horror spree looking worse than an Afghan war zone on a bad day.
Andrew O'Hagan
This is London
June 16, 2010
The drama doesn't just move between the three cops, it prowls between them, occasionally pouncing, and the film builds up quite a bit of tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Charity
Uncut Magazine [UK]
June 16, 2010
It's played with considerable intensity -- by Hawke especially.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
June 14, 2010
It is certainly the best film director Antoine Fuqua has made since he last traced the thin blue line with Oscar winner Training Day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 14, 2010
Fuqua has delivered his satirical masterpiece, a film that exposes every cop-movie cliché in the book by deploying every cop-movie cliché in the book, all the while -- and this is the genius part -- pretending that no-one has ever done this stuff before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
June 10, 2010
An ugly, fatuous, macho piece of self-regarding, self-pitying nonsense about New York cops.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
June 10, 2010
Although slick and occasionally tense, it's also downright predictable and occasionally boring. In fact, top Gere it ain't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alice Levick
Little White Lies
June 10, 2010
Strong direction and acting can't compensate for an insubstantial script.
| Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 10, 2010
This darkly shaded cop drama has an effectively moody tone, although it never feels any more gritty or realistic than a TV series. And despite solid acting, the plot feels both contrived and rather lethargic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
June 9, 2010
A well made and acted film but ultimately rather pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
June 9, 2010
It makes for a reasonably absorbing watch and is a potent reminder of the underappreciated talents of several members of the cast and crew. It's just a shame that the storyline and characterisation lacks sufficient spark and innovation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
June 9, 2010
Each of the three stories of cops in extremis is schematic, formulary, hokey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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