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Cocaine Cowboys Reviews

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April 24, 2009
Documentarian Billy Corben's revealing film exposes the methods and players in South Florida's drug trade that literally built the city of Miami that we know today with billions of dollars in blood cash.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 6, 2008
With a nearly two-hour running time that includes its share of blowhards, repetition, and cheesy attempts to heighten drama, Cocaine Cowboys brings to mind an unfortunate comparison: Miami Vice. The movie.
November 23, 2007
Grisly crime scene snaps accompany the story, which makes Miami Vice look like a tea party and Florida like hell on earth.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 23, 2007
A documentary examining the Miami drug wars of the early 1980s in exhaustive - and occasionally nauseating - detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 23, 2007
The haystacks of cash and coke are laughably insane - as is the head-count: thousands of people were gunned to death. This is the only state in the world where Scarface might raise a smile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 23, 2007
At nearly two hours, Cocaine Cowboys (appropriately) doesn't know when to stop talking, but as a chronicle of a demented epoch, it's both entertaining and just about definitive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 23, 2007
Without narration, the doc has scant moral compass, its very title celebrating the machine gun-wielding mercenaries involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 23, 2007
Too often the film crosses the line between recording his subjects' illegal activities and aggrandising them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 22, 2007
It's the sort of glamour-meets-violence drugs-crime story on which lads' mags thrive: unqualified, over-reverent and hysterical.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
November 21, 2007
Ropey graphics and sub-Scarface synth music simply add to the feeling that you're getting a low budget experience.
November 3, 2007
Fast-paced and fascinating, but a little too frenetic for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 1, 2007
Rich in detail and fascinating characters.
December 8, 2006
There's so much compelling material here, all of it salacious and dangerous and so enjoyable that you might just feel a little guilty afterward.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 7, 2006
Cocaine Cowboys is a fascinating look at a time when Miami was so flush with cash from cocaine deals that it was completely buffered from a nationwide recession.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 1, 2006
The Jan Hammer music on the soundtrack works overtime to assure us that Cocaine Cowboys is the real, nastier version of Miami Vice
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 10, 2006
This is an ugly film, but with an undeniable allure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 10, 2006
It's watchable, but like gorging on every rotten issue of the old Confidential magazine.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 10, 2006
Forget Scarface and Miami Vice. Cocaine Cowboys is the real deal -- a down-and-dirty look at the high living and illegal drugs that dominated south Florida in the 1980s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 10, 2006
This documentary on Miami's lethal '80s cocaine scene is cut fast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 9, 2006
At half the length it would have been twice as good, but nevertheless it stokes a nostalgia some may have for a magic period in Miami history when it was ever so briefly the American Casablanca.
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