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S.W.A.T. Reviews

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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As summer shoot-'em-ups go, this is pretty well executed, with plenty of macho posing and gunfire.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 20, 2008
Jessica Winter
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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There is something sneakily gratifying about all this.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

August 7, 2004
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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A rigmarole of stranded clichés and thrill-free action-movie legerdemain.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 13, 2003
David Edelstein
Slate
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The director, a TV guy named Clark Johnson, doesn't shoot action very well, which is sort of a handicap.

Full Review Source: Slate

August 9, 2003
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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You can't get mad at it -- except for the two hours of your life it steals from you.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

August 9, 2003
Robert Koehler
Variety
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Director Clark Johnson strives for realistic detail and action. Unfortunately, such adherence to technical purity proves to be a weakness for the movie.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 8, 2003
Mike Clark
USA Today
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There have been far worse movies this summer, but the best justification for seeing this spinoff of the mid-'70s TV series is if your date or mate is holding you hostage in the theater.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

August 8, 2003
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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S.W.A.T. has blockbuster ambitions, but it develops characters and plot at a leisurely pace better suited to the small screen than the big one.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

August 8, 2003
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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As summer popcorn movies go, you could do worse than S.W.A.T.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 8, 2003
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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SWAT is better than Gigli, but so is most outpatient surgery.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

August 8, 2003
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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What we have here is a model for the paint-by -numbers, perfectly generic, proudly soulless summer action flick.

| Original Score: 2/4

August 8, 2003
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A worn-out yawner of a cop thriller where even the cliches seem to realize how dated they are.

| Original Score: 1/5

August 8, 2003
Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
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Schlocky, slam-bang fun.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

August 8, 2003
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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A lifeless trudge through squandered opportunities and god-awful dialogue.

| Original Score: 2/4

August 8, 2003
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Fresher popcorn than most of the sequels that have come and gone.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 8, 2003
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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S.W.A.T. is a compendium of missed opportunities, uninspired action and clichés so tired, you wish the screenwriters had called 911.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 8, 2003
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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A film full of phony swagger and dialogue so awful you hope for once-distracting conversations to break out in the theatre around you.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 8, 2003
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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One of those generic cop-slash-war movies of the Jerry Bruckheimer school -- where men are men and so are the women, where the hardware is fetishized.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

August 8, 2003
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Strictly standard issue.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

August 8, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A well-made police thriller.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 8, 2003
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Those who love police overkill, guns, jingoistic race-baiting, guns, macho smugness, and guns will be well served.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

August 8, 2003
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Offers up the kind of pleasures that only a summer movie can.

August 8, 2003

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 8, 2003
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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The movie has the feel of several episodes of a series that have been jammed into a feature-length helping.

| Original Score: C+

August 8, 2003
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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While the movie is stupid, it is -- hooray, and let's put this in all the national ads! -- not appallingly stupid.

August 8, 2003
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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S.W.A.T. is mostly standard-issue muddle.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 7, 2003
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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An outstanding pulp thriller.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 7, 2003
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Though the film's second half has some good action moments, it never fulfills the promise of its earliest scenes.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 7, 2003
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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An over-amped action film with just enough character shadings and color to make us wish it were better.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B-

August 7, 2003
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A noisy, standard-issue cop actioner.

August 7, 2003
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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A fun way to kill two hours.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

August 7, 2003
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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One long adrenaline shot that never takes itself seriously and never pauses long enough to worry about making much sense.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

August 7, 2003
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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A big, near-incoherent action thriller best suited for audiences who don't mind being pummeled into submission.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 7, 2003
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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It's every police movie you've ever seen wrapped into one, done so stiffly that the characters are barely able to bend at the waist to collect their hundreds of spent shell casings.

| Original Score: 2/5

August 7, 2003
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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S.W.A.T. proves something of a throwback entertainment in this summer of digital-effects duds. The story couldn't be more cliched or conservative.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

August 7, 2003
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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S.W.A.T. is by the numbers, by the book, and, by the way, pretty good.

| Original Score: 3/4

August 7, 2003
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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A throbbing dose of high-testosterone schlock in which logic, credibility and characterization also are dispensable in the name of that all-consuming end: keeping things moving.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

August 7, 2003
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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A sexed-up recruitment movie that strains to do for cops what Baywatch did for lifeguards.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 7, 2003
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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A high-octane, brain-dead action picture that happens to feature cops as the characters.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

August 7, 2003
Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Good cop; bad cop. Bad TV show; bad movie. That about sums up S.W.A.T.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C

August 7, 2003
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The way I watch this action thriller is as a field guide to perceived current audience tastes in casting, characters, and storytelling style.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

August 6, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This film is proof you can make a pretty exciting cop movie based on a fairly lousy cop TV show.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

August 4, 2003
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