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Dark Blue (2003)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 128
Fresh: 74 | Rotten: 54

Kurt Russell gives a good performance. Too bad there's nothing here that you haven't seen before.


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 16

Kurt Russell gives a good performance. Too bad there's nothing here that you haven't seen before.



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A cop's personal code of justice begins to change after a number of incidents lead his city to a tragic wave of violence in this police drama. Eldon Perry (Kurt Russell) is a veteran cop with the LAPD's Special Investigations unit, a man who isn't above bending the law if it means putting people behind bars who deserve the treatment. As Los Angeles waits on the verdict in the Rodney King police beating trial, Perry is presenting testimony to Assistant Chief of Police Arthur Holland (Ving


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

David Ayer

Jun 24, 2003


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All Critics (149) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (74) | Rotten (54) | DVD (21)

Russell is the reason to go to the theater. He will continue to hold your attention when things around him -- like the storyline -- lose steam and credibility.

February 25, 2003 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Well worth recommending.

February 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Fails to make the grade as either a gritty crime drama or an intriguing piece of historical relevance.

February 24, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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Harrowing and compulsively watchable morality play.

February 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The movie ends not with a bang but a wimp.

February 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Violent police detective teaches his partner.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Russell fans, take note: This is probably the strongest work he's done in movies.

July 29, 2007 Full Review Source:

Using the real-life Rodney King mess as a backdrop is pretty tawdry exploitation.

October 15, 2004 Full Review

While it doesn't avoid the familiar and formulaic (what cop movie does these days?), DARK BLUE was a pleasant surprise, and proved that Russell can save just about anything

May 8, 2004 Full Review Source:

Kurt Russell, um ator sempre subestimado, oferece mais uma performance digna de aplausos neste interessante filme cuja trama foi concebida por James Ellroy.

February 28, 2004
Cinema em Cena

Dark Blue gets the brain working and sheds light on a controversial topic.

January 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

[A] gritty police drama addressing the matter of what police work does to the people who do it.

January 6, 2004 Full Review

Shelton only achieves the intensity he's looking for at one point, when the riots finally break out and Perry has to drive through crowds of looters.

September 7, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

Dark Blue has a seamy slow-burn energy, charged by its narrative and thematic tie-ins with the 1992 Los Angeles riots and a dynamite lead performance from Kurt Russell.

June 26, 2003 Full Review

...standard, formulaic, Hollywood crime fluff.

June 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

So many things go wrong -- stunningly, breathtakingly wrong -- throughout so much of Dark Blue that the movie is, somewhat like a spectacular auto wreck, perversely fascinating.

March 25, 2003
San Francisco Examiner of the most well-written and incisive entries in the good cop/bad cop formula of the recent years...

March 14, 2003 Full Review Source:

'The main asset is Kurt Russell, who is extraordinary.'

March 12, 2003 Full Review
NUVO Newsweekly

Once upon a time in Los Angeles, the air was dirty and the cops were clean. The only reason to see this movie is to see Kurt Russell again prove his consistency. Too bad there aren't Oscars for the Cal Ripken's of Hollywood.

March 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

a tough, but somewhat routine, corrupt-cop morality tale that generates a good deal of power by being set in the five-day period in 1992 leading up to the riots

March 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Kurt Russell delivers the goods with astonishing simplicity and understated power.

March 1, 2003
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Essentially Training Day sans the retarded psycho-killer ending.

February 27, 2003
Film Blather

Gritty and realistic, both plausible and implausible, darkly funny and deadly serious

February 27, 2003 Full Review Source:

A high-intensity performance by Kurt Russell, in what is easily his best movie in ten years

February 26, 2003 Full Review Source:

The movie proceeds to bog down in every by-the-book cop cliche known to man.

February 26, 2003
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for Dark Blue

Though the two of them are as different as chalk and cheese, this movie reminded of 'Training Day'. Kurt Russell excels in the role of a ruthless NYPD detective Eldon Perry. Scott Speedman is equally effective as his partner Bobby Keough, whose conscience doesn't agree with Eldon's methods of handling the criminals.

The movie is an average police drama with not much action. It tries to weave too much in less than 2 hours duration of the movie, which makes it a bit messy and can cause distraction. Also the last half hour was very dull. Not highly recommended.
February 3, 2011

Super Reviewer

Great neo-noir epic about crooked cops. Kurt Russell was great as always and really played with a different kind of role. The style of the film was truly unique. Who would've thought you could set such a story during the time of the Rodney King scandal, but it was done almost flawlessly. Even though Ellroy refuses to have his name on the project, you can definitely see his brand of storytelling throughout the film.
November 17, 2009

Super Reviewer

A gripping, riveting and electrifying police thriller. An endlessly compelling and dazzeling film. Kurt Russel gives the performance of his career. If the film dosent mean much to you his performance is worth watching.
October 26, 2007

Super Reviewer

Fine police drama of the case appears to be a typical shoot-and-lot until elite cop-unit detectives are assigned to investigate and their white boss and the city's black assistant police chief butt heads aimed a law-enforcement and judicial system teeming with corruption and bigotry.
September 4, 2007
Dean McKenna

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