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Cocaine Cowboys Reviews

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October 26, 2006
What was needed was the Frontline approach; what is provided, sadly, is Brian de Palma Lite.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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.
October 27, 2006
Parts of Cocaine Cowboys manage the impossible -- making cocaine boring. But the film doesn't shy away from presenting horrific images: We see blood-streaked walls, bullet-perforated bodies and Katie Couric's haircut circa 1981.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
November 21, 2007
Ropey graphics and sub-Scarface synth music simply add to the feeling that you're getting a low budget experience.
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
October 31, 2006
The only thing more boring than listening to someone on drugs may be listening to someone brag about how many drugs he used to sell.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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 9, 2006
After beginning at a healthy clip, the film becomes mired in endless remembrances of debaucheries past and Miami's descent into lawlessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 30, 2006
A hyperventilating account of the blood-drenched Miami drug culture in the 1970s and 80s.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 3, 2006
Aiming for encyclopedic coverage of the drug epidemic and its effect on the city, Corben packs much too much into one movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 28, 2006
One worrisome aspect here is the absence of any condemnation of self or substance on the part of the three principal participant-interviewees.
November 10, 2006
This documentary on Miami's lethal '80s cocaine scene is cut fast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 2, 2006
While the filmmakers clearly got a contact high from hearing all these war stories, most civilians will find a little of this goes a long way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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 18, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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
October 29, 2006
Fans of Scarface and even Goodfellas will definitely get their thrills.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 2, 2006
Cocaine Cowboys' pulpy entertainment value merely lures us into a grim, kaleidoscopic look at how one city was both destroyed and, ironically, eventually saved by some of the worst human beings to walk the Earth.
October 13, 2006
Cocaine Cowboys' in-the-moment kicks are, after the lights come up, apt to leave one with something of an ashamed and remorseful hangover.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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