Training Day Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Great performances, but for adults only.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A surprisingly excellent movie with Incredible performances...
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 9, 2008
The movie moves rapidly, is extremely violent and not entirely plausible.
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
April 9, 2008
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.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
August 5, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
My guess is that the conceit was meant to be that Denzel's a bad guy, and that's fun to watch. Instead, this just adds another to his list of bad film's he's acted in...
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 4, 2007
Cast against type as a corrupt cop, Denzel Washington, usually seen in noble and heroic roles, is nothing short of brilliant; with some luck, he should earn an Oscar nomination.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Chris Hewitt (UK)
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Marred slightly by an unsatisfactory climax, this is a cracking cop drama anchored by great performances and intelligent direction from Fuqua.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
October 1, 2005
Thumbs up, without question. Unfortunately, Training Day could have been so much more than it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Andrew Manning
Radio Free Entertainment
January 15, 2004
Denzel Washington delivers a remarkable performance in this enthralling and unique tale of a corrupt cop, completely transforming himself into an unexpectedly imposing threat.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
...an intelligent and riveting action movie that doesn't rely on a lot of special effects to tell a genuinely interesting story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tom Grealis
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
February 13, 2003
While most critics have chosen to highlight Washington's performance as the standout, it would be unfair not to mention Ethan Hawke, who plays the rookie Hoyt with a perfect patina of guileless enthusiasm.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
It is unfortunate that the script by David Ayer is so riddled with pretense, but Washington, Hawke, and their supporting cast do all they can to play through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Poland
Hot Button
January 7, 2003
Denzel Washington's performance is tremendous... really up there amongst the best of his career.
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Gritty good-cop/bad-cop drama is elevated to greatness by Denzel Washington.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 30, 2002
Trashy cop-thriller entertainment of the highest quality: well-made and superbly acted, with Washington in line for a possible Oscar nomination.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Washington's swaggering, larger-than-life portrayal dominates the film in a towering performance that may well win him another Oscar nomination.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
For those of us who rank Denzel Washington among the best actors America has ever produced, it is more a thrill than a shock to see him take on the showy, villainous role he plays in Training Day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
September 12, 2002
A bristling, cocksure... exploration of vigilantiasm and the morally dubious world we plunge our officers of law into.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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