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Dirty is an unoriginal L.A. cop drama that wears its tired influences on its sleeves. Read critic reviews

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Armando Sancho (Clifton Collins Jr.) is a former Los Angeles gang member who has transitioned into law enforcement. Sancho, however, who is surrounded by corruption, finds that life as a police officer is just as morally bankrupt as life as a gangster. After being implicated in the shooting of an innocent man himself, Sancho is then pressured to testify against his loose-cannon friend and partner, Salim Adel (Cuba Gooding Jr.), who has a history of abusing citizens.

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Critic Reviews for Dirty

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (22)

  • A no-nonsense dramatic response to the LAPD Rampart scandals of the '90s.

    July 22, 2008
  • We get it. All of you guys watched the Tarantino movies and you watched the Peckinpah movies. Enough, give us something original.

    February 27, 2006
  • The cinematography of Eliot Rockett is also laudable: The city is not only rendered in the usual hot and gritty texture of urban landscapes, but is imbued with sense of oppression that is palpable.

    February 24, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This isn't a film made by someone who knows anything about cops. It's a film made by someone who's seen a lot of cop movies.

    February 24, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • The machinations of the plot are so murky as to be not worth following.

    February 24, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • The only suspense is how long it's going to take for this movie to finally drag to an end.

    February 24, 2006 | Rating: 0/4

Audience Reviews for Dirty

  • May 04, 2012
    training day clone never delivers
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2011
    The pieces are there, but the execution is glaringly lacking. The editing is erratic and often nonsensical, having the feel of a PCP ride. The plot has many aspects, all with great potential, but it's so fragmented that it's difficult and frustrating to try and follow. That, in the end is its' greatest fault, failing to deliver on story, focusing too much on style.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2009
    What a waste of film
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 28, 2009
    I Started out liking it, and end up hating it, and then ended up enjoying it some more, until the heartbreaking ending.
    Joseph E Super Reviewer

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