Training Day (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

Training Day (2001)



Critic Consensus: The ending may be less than satisfying, but Denzel Washington reminds us why he's such a great actor in this taut and brutal police drama.

Movie Info

The Fast and the Furious (2001) screenwriter David Ayer follows up that fast-paced action hit with this gritty cop drama from director Antoine Fuqua. Ethan Hawke stars as Jake Hoyt, a fresh-faced Los Angeles Police Department rookie anxious to join the elite narcotics squad headed up by 13-year veteran Detective Sergeant Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington). Harris has agreed to give Hoyt a shot at joining his team with a one-day ride-along during which Hoyt must prove his mettle. As the day wears on, however, it becomes increasingly clear to the greenhorn that his experienced mentor has blurred the line between right and wrong to an alarming degree, enforcing his own morally compromised code of ethics and street justice. As he struggles with his conscience, an increasingly alarmed Hoyt begins to suspect that he's not really being given an audition at all; he's being set up as the fall guy in an elaborate scheme. Training Day co-stars Tom Berenger, Scott Glenn, and recording artists Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and Macy Gray. ~ Karl Williams, Rovimore
Rating: R (for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, drug content and brief nudity)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: David Ayer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 1, 2004
Box Office: $76.1M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Dr. Dre
as Paul
Richard Browner
as Dining Car Waiter
Macy Gray
as Sandman's Wife
Ronald Ellis
as Gangster
William English
as Dice Player 4
Kyjel N. Jolly
as Alonzo's Son
Fran Krantz
as College Driver
Janeen Krikorian
as Diner Waitress
Princera Lee
as Wig Store Owner
Robert Leon
as Veterano
Seidy Lopez
as Dreamer
Kenneth Allen Madden
as Dice Player 1
Sarah Danielle Madis...
as Female College Passe...
Chris Patterson
as Dice Player 2
Rudy Perez
as PeeWee
Darrel Sellers
as Dice Player 3
Ben Skorstad
as LAPD Pilot
Brett Sorenson
as Male College Passeng...
Garland Whitt
as Crackhead 1
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News & Interviews for Training Day

Critic Reviews for Training Day

All Critics (160) | Top Critics (38)

If he makes it through the trial by fire -- and a blandly twisting plot with no meaningful revelations or substantial themes -- Hawke will get a promotion, but there's nothing in it for us.

Full Review… | April 9, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Director Fuqua keeps it slick and sleazy and stokes up the race some, but this only accelerates the movie's deafening rush toward the top and ever over.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Great performances, but for adults only.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

A surprisingly excellent movie with Incredible performances...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

The movie moves rapidly, is extremely violent and not entirely plausible.

Full Review… | April 9, 2008
Observer (UK)

This isn't a serious movie, despite Denzel Washington in full eruption and giving his calloused lines more weight and authority than they deserve.

Full Review… | August 5, 2007

Audience Reviews for Training Day


American cinema at his best. One of the best and clever films ever made.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

This cop thriller spans over not much more than 12 hours of tough, gritty and morally grey work in the ugly parts of LA. Between drug addicts, dealers and gang members the rookie gets his lessons by the leader of the pack. Washington and Hawke are perfect choices for their roles and especially Denzel's performance is magnificent, keeping his character somewhere between insanity and reason, menacing and jovial at the same time, deserving the Oscar he got for it. As an outsider, it is hard to say how realistic the film, as it isn't exactly painting a very flattering picture of the LAPD. But it is the lack of any morally comforting formulas that makes the plot so enthralling. Does the rookie get an important lesson or is he in the car with the devil? This question, carried by the strong performances and a great cinematography make this film work. As things get more and more dire, the audience can't help but get engaged. Excellent.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Training Day Quotes

Jake: I told you that's my evidence, do you want to go to jail or do you want to go home?
– Submitted by Brandon M (14 months ago)
Alonzo Harris: King Kong ain't got shit on me!
– Submitted by Rubén P (20 months ago)
Alonzo Harris: You gotta be a wolf to catch a wolf.
– Submitted by D.j. N (3 years ago)
Jake Hoyt: You gotta control your smiles & cries because that's all you have & nobody can take that away from you.
– Submitted by Bryan O (3 years ago)

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