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Cocaine Cowboys Reviews

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
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.
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
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.
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
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 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 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
October 30, 2006
As sensational as Scarface and a lot livelier than that Miami Vice movie.
October 30, 2006
A hyperventilating account of the blood-drenched Miami drug culture in the 1970s and 80s.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 28, 2006
Cocaine Cowboys is kinetic and absorbing, the documentary equivalent of GoodFellas.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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
October 27, 2006
If The Godfather movies were based on real gangsters and some of them were still around to talk about the good old days, they might be as fascinating as the characters in Billy Corben's documentary about the cocaine import business in 1970s Miami.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 27, 2006
An exercise in blood-soaked nostalgia, a look back at an era (the late 1970s and early 1980s) when Miami was a bad and dangerous place to live.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 25, 2006
An exhaustive, exciting and ultimately exhausting history.
October 25, 2006
Set during the cocaine wars of the late '70s and early '80s, this documentary is out to reveal how Miami vice really worked.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 24, 2006
The story is fascinating, if a little overlong, and makes you want to see a high-profile, big-name Griselda Blanco movie happen, like, tomorrow.
October 24, 2006
A rogues gallery of flamboyant gangsters paint an anecdote-rich portrait of the drug trade, while a steady stream of cops, coroners and crime reporters furnish social commentary.
October 23, 2006
Sure, the bombast is extreme, and, yes, it spends more time on tall tales than impact reports, but this vigorous, energetic doc captures the allure of a business that has never thrived on subtlety.