Street Kings (2008)



Critic Consensus: Street Kings contains formulaic violence but no shred of intelligence.

Movie Info

In the wake of the L.A. riots, an LAPD vice detective who always went above and beyond the call of duty to keep the streets safe receives a startling wake-up call that leaves him convinced he can no longer employ the tactics that made him so effective in his work. LAPD veteran Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves) has borne personal witness to the worst that the streets have to offer, and when his partner, Detective Terrance Washington (Terry Crews), is killed the violence strikes a bit too close to home. … More

Rating: R (for strong violence and pervasive language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Kurt Wimmer, James Ellroy, Jamie Moss
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 19, 2008
Box Office: $26.4M
20th Century Fox/Regency Films - Official Site


as Detective Tom Ludlow

as Captain Jack Wander

as Captain James Biggs

as Detective Paul Diska...

as Sergeant Mike Clady

as Detective Terrence W...

as Linda Washington

as Coates

as Grill

as Grace Garcia

as Detective Dante Demi...

as Detective Cosmo Sant...

as Quicks

as Pathologist

as The Chief

as Sergeant Green

as Julie Fukashima

as Boss Kim

as Thug Kim

as Toilet Man

as Union Market Clerk

as Union Market Cop #1

as Union Market Cop #2

as Beating Victim

as Prostitute #1

as Prostitute #2

as OG Vato

as Older Black Man

as Black Woman

as Money Shirt

as Lt. Van Buren

as Assistant D.A.

as Little Mexican Girl

as News Anchor

as Honor Guard Sergeant

as Senior Captain

as Gang Banger

as Park Twin #1

as Park Twin #2

as LAPD Captain

as Clady's Wife

as Demille's Girlfriend

as Co-Anchor
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Critic Reviews for Street Kings

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (37)

Keanu Reeves' bad-boy cop Tom Ludlow may not play by the rules, but the film sure does.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Still, as corrupt cop films go, Street Kings has got its moments, and if nothing else it certainly does entertain.

Full Review… | March 30, 2011

There's only the spectacle of crooked dunces slamming against each other

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

A lot of reviewers seem to have disliked Street Kings because of its negative view of the LA police, and perhaps the country at large. That is not a problem for me.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Everything here is predictable, from the tired plot whose revelations are deeply unsurprising to the gritty dialogue and casual everyday violence of the cops involved.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Screen International

A solid contemporary crime drama.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Street Kings

Very interesting L.A. cop thriller with Keanu Reeves in his best role and performance since the Matrix films. Not only does he need more than one facial expression here, his character is wonderfully ambiguous and unusual in his oevre. The film offers a smart and enthralling plot while enjoying its own immorality. The action is well timed, and it's just fun and exciting to see the noose tighten around the main character, while cheering for him nonetheless. There are several plot twists you don't see coming and you'll certainly stick around for the ending. The supporting cast is excellent too. Overall an intense, enthralling, violent and realistic look at the good, the bad and the immoral in the war against crime. Excellent.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Top of the line Crime Action Movie where Bad Cops are running the Streets. Can not say enough about this movie. Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker are at the top of there game in this one. A must see and Must add to the Collection. 5 Stars without any doubt.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

It wasn't that bad! I actually liked it!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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