[A] cop drama in the vein of Bad Lieutenant, except in this case the bad cop that is front and centre truly thinks he's doing good.
Rampart doesn't end up having as much emotional punch to it as The Messenger did, mainly because it feels as though the idea was not thought out to completion.
| Original Score: 6/10
What keeps the movie engaging for as long as it was is the amazing performance by two-time Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
IN case you needed it, this unsettling cop drama is further proof that Woody Harrelson is one of the most underrated actors going round.
| Original Score: 4/5
You get the impression that the film is as conflicted as its protagonist: trying to be both an arty character study and a dynamic drama at the same time but unable to excel at either.
| Original Score: 3/5
A film saddled with a melodramatic script that would serve better as a TV pilot.
| Original Score: C+
No thrills, no secret plots, and no obvious politics, "Rampart" is a powerful and moving look into an empty person.
| Original Score: 8/10
This movie feels too undecided. The movie is so intent on not being "Training Day" that it just isn't "Training Day" enough.
Woody Harrelson is mesmerising as the anti-hero of gripping crime drama Rampart, but his pill-popping, booze-swigging, suspect-beating dirty cop, is so irredeemably unsympathetic that you almost wish he weren't so compelling to watch.
Loaded with poorly executed cop movie clichés
| Original Score: 2/5
Rampart asks a lot of its audience, and offers very little in return. Only Harrelson makes the ordeal worthwhile.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Ultimately Rampart is Harrelson's showcase, and he takes full advantage of fleshing out a complex role.
| Original Score: B-
When Steve Buscemi is playing a district attorney, you know you're in a moral quagmire.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Rampart is a hypnotic, subjective, immersive experience into the deepest depths of a character that you love to hate. It's powerfully ambiguous filmmaking; and you need to see it.
| Original Score: 5/5
The incendiary dialogue -- as much a performer's showcase as is a jazz instrumentalist's solo -- is signature Ellroy.
| Original Score: 3/4
A nightmarish, hallucinatory film, bathed in raw neon colors and with style to spare, and with a blistering central performance by Woody Harrleson.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Another bad cop on the road to ruin
Harrelson is riveting as a man without redeeming qualities or hope of redemption being driven to madness by personal demons.
Harrelson scorches the earth.
Rampart is more of a character study than any sort of crime procedural, and it's all the better for it.