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Street Kings Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

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

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 7/10

March 30, 2011
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

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

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 27, 2009
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly

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 Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Original Score: 3.0/5

February 2, 2009
Mike Goodridge
Screen International

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 Source: Screen International

October 18, 2008
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

A solid contemporary crime drama.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2008
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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 Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2/5

October 18, 2008
Tom Charity
CNN.com
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Keanu Reeves' bad-boy cop Tom Ludlow may not play by the rules, but the film sure does.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

October 18, 2008
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Competent but fatally lacking in the element of surprise. [Blu-Ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

August 19, 2008
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner

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 Source: San Francisco Examiner | Original Score: 3/4

August 13, 2008
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

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.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

August 8, 2008
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times

Ayer's rapid pacing and solid work by the cast distract us from the script's shortcomings.

Full Review Source: Illinois Times | Original Score: 3.0/4

June 28, 2008
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

June 19, 2008
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

I don't think there were really any bad scenes, but I found the overall film emotionally empty.

Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 8, 2008
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

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 Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 8/10

June 6, 2008
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

[In the] surprisingly engrossing 'Street Kings,' we are presented with cops who live up to our worst nightmare of excessive force.

Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 5, 2008
Kevin McCarthy
WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)

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 Source: WJFK-FM (CBS Radio) | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 1, 2008
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times

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 Source: Watertown Daily Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 20, 2008
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

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Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses

May 6, 2008
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly

An archetypical Los Angeles detective story

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 2, 2008
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

Even with the race dynamics not very scrambled, David Ayer's latest film looks a lot like Training Day.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

April 30, 2008
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