S.W.A.T. Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
By-the-numbers explosion flick -- no surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 8, 2010
Never quite rises above the level of merely watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Is surely flawed, but in the end manages to work well as action entertainment...
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 20, 2008
As summer shoot-'em-ups go, this is pretty well executed, with plenty of macho posing and gunfire.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
May 20, 2008
A lively, mindless police thriller.
Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Solidly entertaining without being spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Jessica Winter
Time Out
February 9, 2006
he high definition SWAT training footage resembles a US Army recruitment ad, appropriate since TV journeyman Johnson imagines downtown LA as an unpatrolled Baghdad, swarming with guntotin' mercenaries pursuing their share of the bounty.
Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony
June 26, 2005
Watching the wheels come off of S.W.A.T. is quite a sight.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Is there an actual character in S.W.A.T.? A plot? A single intelligent or exciting sequence?
Full Review | Original Score: D
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
...a case of a modest workmanlike film exceeding diminished expectations
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
October 7, 2004
This is an enjoyable entertainment, but I can't really call it any more than average.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
There is something sneakily gratifying about all this.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 2, 2004
I think intentions matter. On its own terms, this vaguely retro S.W.A.T. is honest filmmaking and bang-up entertainment to boot.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
February 21, 2004
I didn't pay nine bucks for this in the theater. I know which movies are worth paying for, and which barely merit an absent-minded dumping to the bottom of my NetFlix queue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
January 15, 2004
Reasonably entertaining for the first half-hour, after which your eyelids will be heavy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 5, 2004
... S.W.A.T. is an action movie for those of us who want to see more than shiny cars and musclebound meathead heroes of the Vin Diesel variety.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 2, 2004
S.W.A.T. may well be the set up for a movie franchise. Let's hope the producers understand why this one works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Arendt
Teletext
December 8, 2003
'Meat and potatoes action cinema.'
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
November 28, 2003
Um filme interessante, mas não muito eficiente.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nev Pierce
BBC.com
November 25, 2003
It's just a shame there's not more substance to the style. Plenty of crash, bang. Not a lotta wallop.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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