Cocaine Cowboys


Cocaine Cowboys

Critics Consensus

As frenetic, thrilling, and lacking in subtletly as its drug of focus...and just as likely to prompt some hard questions after it's gone.



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When brutal Colombian cocaine lords moved to Miami in the early '80s, they brought with them a form of decadence, drugs and debauchery that hadn't been seen since the Prohibition days. This stylized, high-energy film reveals how Miami went from a sleepy southern city to a drug-and-murder capital, as told by the people who put the vice in "Miami Vice."

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All Critics (51) | Top Critics (26)

  • Grisly crime scene snaps accompany the story, which makes Miami Vice look like a tea party and Florida like hell on earth.

    Nov 23, 2007 | Rating: 2/5
  • A documentary examining the Miami drug wars of the early 1980s in exhaustive - and occasionally nauseating - detail.

    Nov 23, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Andrew Pulver

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Nov 23, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Too often the film crosses the line between recording his subjects' illegal activities and aggrandising them.

    Nov 23, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Neil Smith
    Top Critic
  • It's the sort of glamour-meets-violence drugs-crime story on which lads' mags thrive: unqualified, over-reverent and hysterical.

    Nov 22, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Ropey graphics and sub-Scarface synth music simply add to the feeling that you're getting a low budget experience.

    Nov 21, 2007

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