February 3, 2021
The depiction of gangs in Colors doesn't go deep enough to arouse any passions. The movie makers are more interested in the cops, and they seem to think that we are too.
September 12, 2020
Colors remains most potent as a portrait of futility regarding a broken law enforcement system which tends to warp those who desire to make a difference into callous, sometimes inhumane harbingers of violence.
March 25, 2020
To enjoy the movie, it is best to assume the director's mature point of view, who knows how to organize the distance that the camera must maintain before the action. [Full Review in Spanish]
April 10, 2019
Colors is - almost incidentally a riveting and skilful piece of work, but it is made with an integrity and seriousness of purpose which will be confusing to some of the audiences it may attract.
December 9, 2017
Sean Penn and Robert Duvall play a mismatched team of cops on a special anti-gang task force on the Los Angeles Police Department. Their characters' growth makes this movie much more than a sensational look at street gangs, which it most certainly is.
October 18, 2017
While Colors' down-to-earth, dual portrayal of police work and criminal dealings has since been outdone by The Wire and the entertainment it consequently inspired, there's no doubt fans of any of those shows will be more than satisfied by this film.
March 18, 2017
Penn and Duvall are two of our greatest actors, but here they're posturing rather than performing, aware that they're in an Important Film.
April 30, 2010
Colors has a tentative, ambivalent feel to it--as if Hopper merely considered himself a hired gun who should avoid imposing too personal a vision on the material.
April 30, 2010
Dennis Hopper's striking, controversial film was one of the first to attempt to get under the skin of LA gang culture, inspiring the many 'hood' films that proliferated in the early 1990s.
March 26, 2009
Colors is a solidly crafted depiction of some current big-city horrors and succeeds largely because of the Robert Duvall-Sean Penn teaming as frontline cops. They're terrific together as members of the gang crime division of the LAPD.
June 24, 2006
Never as eccentric as The Last Movie or Out of the Blue, Colors nevertheless makes most other cop movies look formulary by comparison.
May 1, 2006
Retrata a violncia do submundo das gangues de maneira crua e realista, preocupando-se mais em ilustrar a brutalidade daquele universo do que propriamente em desenvolver uma trama (o que um bnus).
May 13, 2005
What is there to write about a lacklustre gang-related film that wants to be more than it amounts to?