Deep Cover


Deep Cover

Critics Consensus

Deep Cover rises above standard-issue crime thriller fare thanks to a smartly cynical script and powerhouse performances from its unorthodox but well-matched leads.



Total Count: 21


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A dedicated cop is assigned to go undercover as a dealer to investigate a major drug lord in this intense crime drama. He soon forms a partnership with a smooth, connected lawyer, and finds himself increasingly tempted by the seductions of the drug world.

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Laurence Fishburne
as Russell Stevens Jr. / John Hull
Jeff Goldblum
as David Jason
Cory Curtis
as Russel Jr.
René Assa
as Hector Guzman
Def Jef
as Bartender
Lionel Matthews
as Officer Winston
Bruce Barbour
as Policeman
Kamala Lopez
as Belinda
Ric Mancini
as Congressman
Anna Berger
as Congresswoman
Sandra Gould
as Mrs. G.
Glynn Turman
as Russell Stevens Sr.
John Shepherd
as Undercover Cop
J.W. Smith
as Video Dealer
Tony Perez
as Guzman's Lawyer
Mike Radner
as Coroner
Alisa Christensen
as Ivy's Driver
Nick LaTour
as Republican Congressman
Harry Frazier
as Lunatic Santa
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Critic Reviews for Deep Cover

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (3)

  • Convoluted and mostly unconvincing as a portrait of the drug underworld, Deep Cover [based on a story by Michael Tolkin] still carries some resonance due to its vivid portrait of societal decay and a heavyweight performance by Larry Fishburne.

    Oct 31, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • What emerges is a powerhouse thriller full of surprises, original touches, and rare political lucidity, including an impressive performance by Jeff Goldblum.

    Oct 31, 2007 | Full Review…
  • In addition to Fishburne, it gives us a first-rate soundtrack, a clutch of splendid cameos, fine, grainy direction from Duke, and much pointed stuff about the hypocrisy behind the USA's so-called war against drugs.

    Jan 26, 2006
  • Deep Cover eventually degenerates into so much gratuitous violence that 'kill' sounds like the most-used verb in the screenplay's last stages.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5
  • Rather than ride the easy cynicism of the script, by Michael Tolkin and Henry Bean, Fishburne illuminates his character's moral struggle.

    Jun 6, 2001
  • Larry Fishburne is clearly a star of the future, but Deep Cover won't be the vehicle.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Deep Cover

  • Mar 07, 2010
    the slow-mo freebase intro is too nice. jeff goldblum was ludicrous as a badguy lawyer.
    steve c Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2008
    One of my all time favorites, if you like jeff goldblum this is the movie to see, a very intense performance, i always credit this as being his best to date, a must see.
    Lee K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2008
    A bit garbagy. Not one that Laurence Fishburne or Jeff Goldblum should remember well.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2008
    Another Bomb ass movie from Fishbourne
    khalvic b Super Reviewer

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