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Street Kings Reviews

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Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
April 26, 2008
Street Kings feels like Lethal Weapon mashed up with The Shield, only without the former's goofy '80s vibe or the latter's relative authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 23, 2008
"L.A. Confidential" for Dummies...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 20, 2008
A general emptiness nags as the story progresses, undermining the solid performances and weaving in a seriously ugly message.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Holcomb
Beyond Hollywood
April 20, 2008
Movies like "Street Kings" are sitting ducks in a shooting range for film critics who laugh all through the movie only to condemn it for being so damn entertaining.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 18, 2008
Não trai seu universo cínico, alcançando um equilíbrio que torna seu desfecho satisfatório, mas (e aí está a diferença)jamais esperançoso.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
April 18, 2008
There's plenty of empty bravura, and Reeves is fundamentally blank and uninteresting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Christopher
Times [UK]
April 18, 2008
Depressing and sickeningly violent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Leigh Singer
Film4
April 18, 2008
A by-the-numbers, cynical, bad cop-worse cops drama, made even less appealing by Reeves's mannequin-like presence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
April 18, 2008
"Are there any square cops out there?" says a supporting character in David Ayer's actioner. The answer, of course, is no - and this violent yarn is all the better for it. Next time out, though, he should probably assign himself a less familiar beat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 18, 2008
Last-minute revelations emerge screaming from around the corner like squad cars you heard coming half-an-hour ago, and it all ends with a dull thud instead of a crash wallop. Long after you've stopped caring, it's finally over and out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
April 18, 2008
You can almost see the writers (Ellroy, Kurt Wimmer - creator of sci-fi mish-mash Ultraviolet - and first-timer Jamie Moss) charging at one another with false antlers in a challenge to come up with the toughest soundbite.
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Time Out
April 18, 2008
What could have been endearingly daft remains merely forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
April 18, 2008
Another mean, violent and decently acted slab of Ellroy-flavoured criminality, with an impressively battered Keanu Reeves, but Ayers is no Curtis Hanson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
April 18, 2008
If Ellroy weren't such a good writer of novels about the dark side of the American psyche, he'd be preposterous. Then again, perhaps he is perfect for these times and the city of most of his nightmares, Los Angeles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source
April 17, 2008
The movie boils down to a lot of tough-talking men trying to out-tough-talk each other. It's well-staged action stitched together by nonstop pissing-match dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 17, 2008
Watchable thriller with a surprisingly good performance from Keanu, although the plot isn't nearly as clever as it thinks it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
April 16, 2008
Ayers makes the trip worthwhile largely through his excellent eye for asphalt level L.A. and his careful attention to Ludlow's moral dilemma.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ethan Alter
Giant Magazine
April 16, 2008
At the end of the day, it's impossible to escape the feeling that we've seen this story told before.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
April 16, 2008
I love James Ellroy--his L.A. Confidential is a work of real genius--but I wonder if he's not something of a one-trick pony. And I wonder if that pony isn't the proverbial dead horse
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
April 16, 2008
Ayers' second straight overwrought and unfulfilling tale concerning a loco white boy knee-deep in the City of Angels' criminal scene.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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