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The Sweeney Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013
It goes nowhere, lost in the thick, indecipherable cockney accents and seemingly endless shootouts and car chases.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
March 7, 2013
You'd be better off going out into the lobby for popcorn and a soda for the first hour.
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
March 5, 2013
Pulpy Brit actioner for die-hard fans of Ray Winstone, whose close-to-camp turn as '70s TV hero Jack Regan isn't enough to warrant a booking.
March 4, 2013
Let's not waste each other's time. You already know whether this sounds like the kind of top bloke you'd fancy having a pint with. If so, The Sweeney is your film.
Witney Seibold
CraveOnline
March 2, 2013
The film is just stylized enough to register as above average, but on the whole it's pretty forgettable - the kind of film you describe with a noncommittal "interesting," while walking out of the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com
March 1, 2013
This British film's coppers are all anachronisms as are the filmmakers' attitudes toward their anti-heroes and female characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 1, 2013
If you watched any of the dozens of gritty BBC crime dramas that have reached our shores over the last decade, The Sweeney looks and feels like a bigger-budgeted version of those productions.
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Pete Vonder Haar
Village Voice
March 1, 2013
[It] feels a lot like an American-made cop movie circa 1990.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
March 1, 2013
This throwback to 1970s cops and robbers movies had me 'nicked.'
Full Review | Original Score: B plus
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
March 1, 2013
This is Winstone's show and it's a perfect showcase for his bluff, easygoing machismo. He was born to play this lovable scoundrel, with an emphasis on his rogue elements.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 1, 2013
Based on a '70s British program, this is a bombastic effort that, while not successful, is still as bracing as a cold pint.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 1, 2013
Winstone is, as always, perfectly believable as a tough guy and after a slow start - due, somewhat, to American ears adjusting to those problematic accents - the film hits a groove.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 1, 2013
Maybe it worked in the '70s; it's too worn to work these days. Ray Winstone needs to find better rocks to chew on.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 1, 2013
The movie blithely repeats most of the clichés of the American badass-cop flick, only in impenetrable Cockney.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 28, 2013
This might just be a British thing that we don't understand - literally.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
February 28, 2013
Mr. Winstone chews on this Cockney cops-and-robbers caper with foulmouthed glee.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 28, 2013
A briskly involving British crime entertainment of the old school. You've seen the type, and more than once, but the genre still has enough juice to take us for a ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
February 28, 2013
[Winstone] radiates such a threatening vibe that he doesn't have to say a word to make your hair stand on end. And his grim, glowering work in "The Sweeney" ranks up there with his best.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Glasby
Flicks.co.nz
February 28, 2013
An intermittently exciting watch, thanks to some screeching car chases and a brilliant Central London shootout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jake Mulligan
Boston Phoenix
February 28, 2013
The Sweeney was originally a 1970s TV show, but with the archetypal characters, the rote plot, and the nondescript gunfights, it feels more like an adaptation of a video game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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