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Internal Affairs (1990)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 1

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In this glossy L.A. crime drama by Mike Figgis, Andy Garcia stars as Sgt. Raymond Avila, a cop who just joined the Internal Affairs division of the L.A.P.D. An investigation into police corruption has led Avila and his partner, Sgt. Amy Wallace (Laurie Metcalf), to Officer Dennis Peck (Richard Gere). Avila suspects something about Peck from the beginning; his influence and dominance over others seems to extend further than the reach of his badge. When officers who wish to testify against Peck


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Mar 9, 1999

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (3) | DVD (3)

Gere is hypnotic, writer Henry Bean's construction is entertainingly intricate, and director Mike Figgis knows how to turn on a subtle, authentic erotic heat.

March 29, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Figgis never lets the pace slow long enough to expose the story's thinness despite, in retrospect, a moderate amount of action.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Internal Affairs delivers what it promises, and perhaps a little more. There's less action but more menace, and the pulse quickens as the plot drives relentlessly toward a conclusion that, in retrospect, can be seen as inevitable.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Dark, dangerous and disturbing.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Internal Affairs is, for the dim movie season that is traditionally January, an unusually bright light.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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[A] cliched catchall, which wastes a fine cast.

June 6, 2001
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A lurid, lightweight throw-together of cheap psycho-thrills which tries to dress itself up as something more substantial.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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The conflict between Gere and Garcia is what carries the movie; deep beneath the macho brutality there's an almost homoerotic tint to their relationship. It makes for compelling stuff.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Yet another goofy credit in Gere's already overloaded resume of embarrassment -- although some may consider this one of those movies that's so silly it's good.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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A tense, memorable motion picture...Gere is at the top of his game

March 11, 2005

A very, very good thriller.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

Internal Affairs is all stylish visuals and no substance whatsoever. That may be an attempt to hide the silliness of Henry Bean's first-time screenplay, but it doesn't work.

September 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

[An] entertaining film that didn't deserve to sink into oblivion.

July 24, 2002 Full Review

Audience Reviews for Internal Affairs

Warning: This film contains some of the cheesiest 80's (ok ok, early 90's) scenes of all time. The film oozes 80's style/acting/nonsense. It's dated badly but only depending on how nostalgic you are for that era, personally this was like taking a trip on a time machine. I watched it late at night with the lights off, with the street lamp shining through the gaps in the Venetian blinds. If my wife would have let me smoke in the house I would have sat there in a whirlwind of dancing cigarette smoke, taking the occasional sip of cheap whiskey (from the bottle). Ahhh what great days. They don't make films like this anymore, probably for the best but you can't beat a moody Andy Garcia, an evil Richard Gere, a lesbian Laurie Metcalf and a... well, Nancy Travis in general. Electric drum solo.....
August 12, 2013

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Great reviews however found it to be an uninspiring suspense drama making me feel nothing but boredom!
July 2, 2013
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"Richard Gere as Dennis Peck shows how well he can go from playing a good guy who trys to save the day, to this character who is a creepy creeper who makes your skin crawl. How these women are so easily tricked to sleep with Dennis is beyond me. He uses them in more way than one. First as a sexual tool then later as ammo for the guys he's trying to manipulate or seek some kind of revenge on. It's something he seems to be quite good at since he does a few times in the movie. I enjoyed Laurie Metcalf as Sgt. Amy Wallace. She was funny. William Baldwin plays the naive, self loathing, damaged cop well. I also liked Andy Garcia in this. Raymond and Kathleen have a relationship that is twisted. They both are guilty of being jealous. Andy takes it a bit far with his actions in the resturaunt. I didn't like that and didn't like how forgiving Kathleen was for it. But then again some relationships are toxic and that is what turns some people on. Sick but true.
The movie is about dirty cops and how two good cops take down the dirty ones. We've seen they story before. Nonetheless, it was a good movie. I enjoyed it. Probably not something I would watch again though."
November 26, 2012

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