Street Kings Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 30, 2011
Still, as corrupt cop films go, Street Kings has got its moments, and if nothing else it certainly does entertain.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
There's only the spectacle of crooked dunces slamming against each other
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 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 | Original Score: 3.0/5
Mike Goodridge
Screen International
October 18, 2008
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.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 18, 2008
A solid contemporary crime drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 18, 2008
There is certainly something compelling in the film's ideas, but the way they're executed suggest that any true questions about morality and the law are just grist for the action mill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Tom Charity
CNN.com
October 18, 2008
Keanu Reeves' bad-boy cop Tom Ludlow may not play by the rules, but the film sure does.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 19, 2008
Competent but fatally lacking in the element of surprise. [Blu-Ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
August 13, 2008
If you can forgive its stale dialogue, which at times seems so egregiously leaden that it might have been better suited to a Mad magazine parody, 'Street Kings' is a tense, aggressively absurd thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
August 8, 2008
While military man turned director Ayer implicates our culture steeped in violence and the damaging effects of trained killing, whether by police or in war, he's assembled such a deplorable LAPD rogues gallery, it's hard to tell which one is the worst.
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
June 28, 2008
Ayer's rapid pacing and solid work by the cast distract us from the script's shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 19, 2008
Ellroy, who also co-wrote the screenplay, and Ayer share an interest in L.A. after dark, and they explore the city's neon-bathed streets with the glee of children in a funhouse, watching the distortions of everyday people in bent mirrors.
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
June 8, 2008
I don't think there were really any bad scenes, but I found the overall film emotionally empty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
June 6, 2008
Granted, it doesn't revolutionize the cop genre, but it definitely does a solid job of entertaining for its runtime, and as a movie-watcher (and lover)...ain't much else that I can ask for than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
June 5, 2008
[In the] surprisingly engrossing 'Street Kings,' we are presented with cops who live up to our worst nightmare of excessive force.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin McCarthy
WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
June 1, 2008
The movie has a million flaws, but if you can look past them and enjoy a fun, gritty, violent, racist and entertaining dirty cop film, then you will have fun with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
May 20, 2008
Anyone looking for a good shoot-'em-up film should not leave the theater disappointed, but those seeking something thought-provoking might want to stay away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
May 6, 2008
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Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
May 2, 2008
An archetypical Los Angeles detective story
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
April 30, 2008
Even with the race dynamics not very scrambled, David Ayer's latest film looks a lot like Training Day.
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