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Dark Blue Reviews


Time Out
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January 26, 2006
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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May 19, 2004
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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March 2, 2003
David Edelstein
Slate
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March 1, 2003
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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February 28, 2003
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

February 25, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Well worth recommending.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

February 24, 2003
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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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
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Harrowing and compulsively watchable morality play.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

February 21, 2003
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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The movie ends not with a bang but a wimp.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

February 21, 2003
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Until it dissolves into conventional melodrama during a climactic fracas, this fast-paced story is never less than watchable.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 21, 2003
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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A flawed and melodramatic affair with echoes of Training Day and L.A. Confidential that nevertheless has the whiff of truth.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

February 21, 2003
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A flawed film, but occasionally a haunting one.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

February 21, 2003
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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While Dark Blue may not be easy to watch, it's exceptionally well made.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

February 21, 2003
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Dark Blue is a film of wounding power. It stays with you.

| Original Score: 3/4

February 21, 2003
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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While much of the action rings true in Dark Blue, and the events leading up to the riots make for a tense, eerie framework, the movie heads in a disastrous direction ...

| Original Score: .5/4

February 21, 2003
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Dark Blue is a bit of a mess, but like the Rodney King mess, it makes you think. Any film that accomplishes that can never be out-of-date.

| Original Score: 3/5

February 21, 2003
John Anderson
Newsday
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Gritty, gripping, a bit uneven, but Kurt Russell hits all the right notes.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

February 21, 2003
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Too many elements of David Ayers' screenplay fall flat, from individual lines to Bobby's sudden change of heart.

| Original Score: C+

February 21, 2003
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The script throws enough curveballs to raise Dark Blue slightly above the genre average.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 21, 2003

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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February 21, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Dark Blue is not a great movie, but it has moments that go off the meter and find visceral impact.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

February 21, 2003

Arizona Republic
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February 21, 2003
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Like Los Angeles in the spring of 1992, Dark Blue generates tension but eventually goes up in smoke.

| Original Score: C+

February 21, 2003
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Those who criticized Training Day for its lack of credibility will be rolling their eyes at the nonchalance with which Dark Blue plays the race card.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

February 21, 2003
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Its intelligence is undermined by a hyperbolic, overwrought noir style that wavers awkwardly between NYPD Blue jitters and grand opera.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 21, 2003
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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Speedman doesn't show much in his first big movie role, while Russell shows too much.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 2/4

February 20, 2003
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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Despite the battered grandeur of Kurt Russell, this fable of rotten cops in Rodney King's L.A. is mostly macho posturing.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

February 20, 2003
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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The script is overloaded with exposition and incident, and for long passages it shows all the verve and imagination of an episode of Hunter.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 20, 2003
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A crackling and solidly acted -- if somewhat familiar -- police-corruption thriller.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

February 20, 2003
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Dark Blue is as interesting and successful as it can be within its limits, but those limits make this a more generic film than its makers intended.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 20, 2003
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Dark Blue proclaims itself a character drama and a voyage of self-discovery for the flawed cop -- which proves to be its fatal weakness.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 20, 2003
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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Dark Blue is down and dirty, with a fading star and dialogue that's awful, but its directness works in its favor.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: C

February 20, 2003
Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
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A fair-to-middling cop drama whose intentions are unfortunately rendered murky and submerged by a predictable story and limp characterization.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C+

February 20, 2003
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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In the wake of TV's powerhouse The Shield, Dark Blue comes off as something of a retread, with little of The Shield's electric fury, edgy camera work or deft characterizations.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

February 20, 2003
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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Director Ron Shelton wants Dark Blue to be L.A. Confidential so badly that it's palpable.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 20, 2003
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Russell is the reason to see the movie. Like Dennis Quaid, he's creating an entire second act for his career.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

February 20, 2003
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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It's about something bigger than itself, and everything -- performance, photography, a heart-of-L.A. score by Terence Blanchard -- rises to meet higher expectations.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

February 20, 2003
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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One of the best and most furiously paced films about the controversial LAPD since L. A. Confidential.

February 19, 2003
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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The movie has a distinctly dated vibe.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 19, 2003
David Rooney
Variety
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Refreshingly devoid of flashiness or artificially pumped-up action, this gripping, well-constructed police thriller ... showcases a tightly controlled performance from Kurt Russell.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 6, 2003
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