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The Mod Squad (1999)



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

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


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

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



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User Ratings: 13,649

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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


Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Aug 24, 1999


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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.

September 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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An exercise in robotic filmmaking.

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A flawed fraud, a youth movie so disjointed, witless and condescending that it's painful to watch.

April 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Plays like a 90-minute version of the old television show. That's not necessarily bad.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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No one expects much from movie adaptations of TV shows but complete incoherence and boredom is a bit too much to bear.

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Mindless, stylish fun.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Who cares?

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

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

October 19, 2004 Full Review

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.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
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.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

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

October 17, 2002 Full Review
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.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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.

March 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

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

March 12, 2001 Full Review
Norman Transcript

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

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

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

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

Audience Reviews for The Mod Squad

Worth watching, good friday night film for a treat when need entertaining.
January 27, 2008

Super Reviewer

one of the most god awful wastes of film ever
August 16, 2007
jay nixon

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]
February 23, 2006
Nate Zoebl

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    1. Julie Barnes: Shut up Alex!
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