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The Mod Squad (1999)


Average Rating: 3/10
Reviews Counted: 52
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 50

Critics Consensus: A sodden, overly stylized mess that's even less compelling than a TV episode.

Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 14
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 13

Critics Consensus: A sodden, overly stylized mess that's even less compelling than a TV episode.


Average Rating: 2.4/5
User Ratings: 13,657



Movie Info

Police Capt. Adam Greer (Dennis Farina) needs some new cops who can go where other cops can't. Greer finds three young people on their way to jail: Lincoln Hayes (Omar Epps), the black one, is up for arson; Pete Cochrane (Giovanni Ribisi), the white one, is up for robbery; and Julie Barnes (Claire Danes), the blonde one, is up for assault. The three are given a choice: go to jail, or become a special undercover unit that will infiltrate L.A.'s underbelly and bring down the drug dealers and … More

R (for language, violence and some sexuality)
Drama , Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Aug 24, 1999


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Critic Reviews for The Mod Squad

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (50) | DVD (4)

This latest bigscreen retrofitting of a vintage TV series (1968-73) feels like the most shameless effort yet in the renewed exploitation of the youth market.

Full Review… | September 9, 2009
Top Critic

An exercise in robotic filmmaking.

Full Review… | January 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A flawed fraud, a youth movie so disjointed, witless and condescending that it's painful to watch.

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Plays like a 90-minute version of the old television show. That's not necessarily bad.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A great-looking picture that zips along with grace, light on its feet but possessed of just enough gravity to allow us to take its people rather than its old TV series premise seriously.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The Mod Squad has an intriguing cast, a director who knows how to use his camera and a lot of sly humor. Shame about the story.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

No one expects much from movie adaptations of TV shows but complete incoherence and boredom is a bit too much to bear.

Full Review… | January 5, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Mindless, stylish fun.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Who cares?

Full Review… | April 9, 2005
Reeling Reviews

Otherwise dependable young actors like Danes, Ribisi and Epps seem lost in one-dimensional and unconvincing characters.

Full Review… | October 19, 2004

This is a pristine example of incoherent storyline mixed with poor editing and limp writing.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Writer Scott Silver also directed the film, but obviously had no idea how to convey to his actors any sense of enthusiasm or energy.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
Film Quips Online

Add another one to the scrap heap of trendy, nostalgic, 60's and 70's TV shows reduced to cinematic rubble by the inspiration starved minds in Hollywood.

Full Review… | December 8, 2002
Film Threat

The first big-screen resurrection aimed squarely at a generation that probably never heard of, much less watched, the original TV show.

Full Review… | October 17, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Yeah, let's make a movie for the kids ... based on a TV show they've never even heard of.

July 26, 2002

Nearly every scene is a guaranteed hoot-fest.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
Film Journal International

The film simply doesn't deliver anything sufficiently remarkable to distinguish itself from sturdier competition.

Full Review… | June 5, 2002
Boxoffice Magazine

Add another to the scrap heap of hip '60s and '70s TV shows reduced to cinematic rubble by the inspiration-starved minds in Hollywood.

Full Review… | March 24, 2002
Boston Phoenix

I can scarcely remember a single film which was less enjoyable to watch than The Mod Squad.

Full Review… | March 12, 2001
Norman Transcript

A study in how a surefire idea gets botched in the execution.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

The film starts out promising, but ends up forgetting its promises.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Hollywood Report Card

Audience Reviews for The Mod Squad

Worth watching, good friday night film for a treat when need entertaining.

Alexander Wilson

Super Reviewer

one of the most god awful wastes of film ever

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Pretty good.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

[font=Arial][color=darkred]There are some movies out there that you simply can't stop yourself from scratching your head and wondering how it ever got made in the first place. Some movies so horrible that you ponder what any big suited executives were thinking. A movie so bad that you try to cut your own wrist with the armrest beside you somehow. Well folks, 'The Mod Squad' is one of those movies.[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]It's the cinematic updating of the Vietnam era show eptimizing the rebellion against authority and supression by the Boomers like only Aaron Spelling can. I'm convinced that if you pay adequate attention to the plot you will actually lower your intelligence, but don't hold me to it. It's only a theory, I still need the tests to come back. This basically is nothing more than a watered down 90-minute jeans ad. "Oooh, look at those jeans Clair Danes shoots up in! I wonder if they have them in a size 30 waist?"[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]This is one of those movies I seriously can't find anything remotely good to mention. Though I'm trying to get it all out of my head as quickly as humanly possible. I feel sickened by this poison MGM has thrown out to the masses. I remember the last time Generation X & Y tried looking back nostalgically and enviously on the Boomer's playground. It was called Woodstock '99. Anyone care to remember what happened there?[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]Nate's Grade: F [/color][/font]

Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer

The Mod Squad Quotes

Julie Barnes:
Shut up Alex!
– Submitted by Jesse K (14 months ago)

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