• R, 1 hr. 50 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ruben Fleischer
    In Theaters:
    Jan 11, 2013 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 23, 2013
  • Warner Bros.

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Gangster Squad Reviews

Tom Charity
CNN.com
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Gangster Squad looks the part, but it's so superficial it practically evaporates before our eyes.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

February 5, 2013
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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Some of the clothes and makeup feel as glossy as paint, but, those aside, we seem to browsing through a display of secondhand goods.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

January 21, 2013
Ricardo Baca
Denver Post
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It might sound like a stretch, imagining Penn playing that intense, indiosyncratic a villain. But the lauded, veteran actor pulls a left hook, then a right, and after a wild bodyshot at the tail end of the film, you see the true mania behind his eyes.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

January 11, 2013
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Director Ruben Fleischer and screenwriter Will Beall can't decide whether to make a spoof or a serious drama, so they wrongheadedly attempt both.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C

January 11, 2013
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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Gangster Squad" is a highly stylized, pulp-fiction period piece based on true events.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 11, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Despite a cast of gifted actors, lush 1940s production design and suave costumes, it's bereft of inspiration, plowing familiar terrain past the point of tedium to impatience.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 11, 2013
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Gangster Squad is to the great tradition of the Scarface genre what plastic is to cutlery - tiny, imitative, disposable.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

January 11, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Any resemblance to history here is restricted to some snazzy spectator shoes and cans of Schlitz beer.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

January 11, 2013
Adam Graham
Detroit News
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"Gangster Squad" talks tough and hits hard, but it is a victim of its own brute force.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

January 11, 2013
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A cartoonish 1940s shoot-'em-up that's impossible to take seriously.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

January 11, 2013
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Director Ruben Fleischer leans hard on the violence card, but with little return in the way of excitement, and at the expense of character and story.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 10, 2013
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Slick, sick, self-consciously stylish and defiantly shallow, Gangster Squad is one of those movies you can't talk about without invoking other (often better) movies.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 10, 2013
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Gangster Squad is The Untouchables moved west and cheesed up.

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

January 10, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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A triumph of production design but a pretty dull kill-'em-up otherwise.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

January 10, 2013
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Apart from the gore -- and there's plenty -- this is basically L.A. Confidential without the script.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 10, 2013
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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A bullet-riddled bloodbath with an all-star cast, Gangster Squad is a lurid and ludicrous Mob thriller that glorifies a gangland lifestyle.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

January 10, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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There's only so much style can do to spiff up shriveled substance.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

January 10, 2013
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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"Gangster Squad" would have been more fun as an animated feature, with fanciful animals in the principal roles.

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

January 10, 2013
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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When the gun smoke clears, the body count is finished and the blood is mopped up, "Gangster Squad" is little more than another Hollywood wannabe overshadowed by the legacy of "L.A. Confidential"...

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

January 10, 2013
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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A complete whitewashing of one of the most vicious and racist paramilitary organizations in American history: the Los Angeles Police Department.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 10, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Gangster Squad's violence has a graphic, contemporary feel that's at odds with the vintage crime pics the film wants to celebrate. This isn't the heavy-handed CG-noir of Sin City, but even so, it feels fake.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 10, 2013
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The actors do their best, but they're bringing their "A" game to a decidedly "B" production, with Penn being the most enthusiastic of this game crew.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

January 10, 2013
Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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Gangster Squad may be loosely based on truth -- the takedown of notorious Los Angeles crime lord Mickey Cohen 60 years ago -- but it feels about as real as a mob-themed costume party.

Full Review Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com | Original Score: 2/5

January 10, 2013
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Gangster Squad [is] a mob epic that flushes a classy cast (Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone) down the sinkhole of creative bankruptcy.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 1/4

January 10, 2013
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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It's almost terrible. It's almost entertaining. But it's missing the shameless insanity of a wonderfully bad movie, and the particular vision, point of view, and coherence of some very good ones.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

January 10, 2013
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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What's missing from Gangster Squad is a core, a point of view, something to patch together the cheese and carnage.

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

January 10, 2013
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Fleischer's noir-influenced focus on O'Mara and Cohen offers hints of interesting commentary about Hollywood's historical visions of good and evil. But it's a strong starting point that fizzles by the finale.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

January 10, 2013
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Its determination to follow The Untouchables' template (without the benefit of a David Mamet script) makes it a little too predictable to be memorable.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 10, 2013
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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A good-looking cast and strong action sequences are just enough to forgive the cornball script.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 10, 2013
Jeff Shannon
Chicago Sun-Times
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By the time it fades to black, "Gangster Squad" has squandered most of its early promise.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 10, 2013
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Yet another dispiriting reminder that while the MPAA can be squeamish and hypocritical about depictions of sexuality, filmmakers can nevertheless flood the screen with enough carnage for a world war or two, yet walk away with an R rating.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: D+

January 10, 2013
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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It's all just noise disguised as entertainment.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 10, 2013
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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All the people in the picture are playing at their characters, rather than actually playing the characters. Everyone looks grand in their period clothes, but they're making make-believe that is not in the least bit believable.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 10, 2013
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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If nothing else, it's way better than you'd expect any movie released by a major studio in January would ever be.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

January 9, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Bits and pieces here and there entertain. But it never really comes together in a satisfying way, and given the talent involved, that adds up to a big disappointment.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 9, 2013
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Though based partly on actual events, Ruben Fleischer's ludicrous shoot-'em-up plays fast and loose with the facts, and plenty else besides.

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

January 9, 2013
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The movie, as criminal drama, goes nowhere.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

January 9, 2013
Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
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As they'd say back in the day: Sweetheart, give me rewrite.

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

January 9, 2013
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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'So it's a shame that "Gangster Squad" is nothing like a good old-fashioned gangster picture. While it's a period piece that clearly relishes its evocation of neon-bright Los Angeles in 1949, it's hardly old-fashioned. And it's no good at all ...

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 1/5

January 9, 2013
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Despite the flaws and the occasional corn, this is still one of the most exhilarating and entertaining action films in recent memory.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

January 9, 2013
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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A crime against cinematic sensibility.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 9, 2013
Peter Debruge
Variety
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An impressively pulpy underworld-plunger that embellishes on a 1949 showdown between a dedicated team of LAPD officers and Mob-connected Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) for control of the city.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 7, 2013
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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These are good actors, but aside from Brolin and Gosling, they're barely given any special moments of their own to make their marks here.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 7, 2013
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