The Mod Squad (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Mod Squad (1999)



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

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 parasites that are preying on the young. Their only rules: no badges, no guns, and no turning in other kids. This "mod squad" encounters a major problem when a cache of drugs disappears from the police evidence locker. All clues point to dirty cops, while the cops want to close ranks and blame the new kids. With their first big case, the squad realize they'll receive no help from the L.A.P.D. and must solve it their own way.more
Rating: R (for language, violence and some sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Kate Lanier, Scott Silver, Stephen Kay
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 24, 1999


Richard Jenkins
as Mothershed
Holmes Osborne
as Mr. Cochrane
Dey Young
as Mrs. Cochrane
Stephen Kay
as Bald Dude
Bodhi Elfman
as Gilbert--Skinny Frea...
Monet Mazur
as Howard's Girlfriend,...
Steve Chambers
as Howard's Muscle
Thomas J. Huff
as Howard's Muscle
Gary McLarty
as Howard's Muscle
Carmen Llywellyn
as Alley Prostitute
Pilar Biggers
as Pickup Girl
Khristian Lupo
as Tiffany's Boyfriend
Joey Day
as Billy's Other Girlfr...
Dean Marsico
as Bartender
Steve Harris
as Detective Briggs
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Critic Reviews for The Mod Squad

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (14)

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

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

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

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