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Dark Blue Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Violent police detective teaches his partner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
July 29, 2007
Russell fans, take note: This is probably the strongest work he's done in movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004
Using the real-life Rodney King mess as a backdrop is pretty tawdry exploitation.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: D
Brian Mckay
May 8, 2004
While it doesn't avoid the familiar and formulaic (what cop movie does these days?), DARK BLUE was a pleasant surprise, and proved that Russell can save just about anything
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
February 28, 2004
Kurt Russell, um ator sempre subestimado, oferece mais uma performance digna de aplausos neste interessante filme cuja trama foi concebida por James Ellroy.
| Original Score: 4/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 6, 2004
Dark Blue gets the brain working and sheds light on a controversial topic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 6, 2004
[A] gritty police drama addressing the matter of what police work does to the people who do it.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 3/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 7, 2003
Shelton only achieves the intensity he's looking for at one point, when the riots finally break out and Perry has to drive through crowds of looters.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
June 26, 2003
Dark Blue has a seamy slow-burn energy, charged by its narrative and thematic tie-ins with the 1992 Los Angeles riots and a dynamite lead performance from Kurt Russell.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 22, 2003
...standard, formulaic, Hollywood crime fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Joe Leydon
San Francisco Examiner
March 25, 2003
So many things go wrong -- stunningly, breathtakingly wrong -- throughout so much of Dark Blue that the movie is, somewhat like a spectacular auto wreck, perversely fascinating.
| Original Score: 1/4
David Keyes
March 14, 2003
...one of the most well-written and incisive entries in the good cop/bad cop formula of the recent years...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
March 12, 2003
'The main asset is Kurt Russell, who is extraordinary.'
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Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
March 11, 2003
Once upon a time in Los Angeles, the air was dirty and the cops were clean. The only reason to see this movie is to see Kurt Russell again prove his consistency. Too bad there aren't Oscars for the Cal Ripken's of Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: B
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 2, 2003
a tough, but somewhat routine, corrupt-cop morality tale that generates a good deal of power by being set in the five-day period in 1992 leading up to the riots
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
March 1, 2003
Kurt Russell delivers the goods with astonishing simplicity and understated power.
| Original Score: 3/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
February 27, 2003
Essentially Training Day sans the retarded psycho-killer ending.
| Original Score: B
D.K. Holm
February 27, 2003
Gritty and realistic, both plausible and implausible, darkly funny and deadly serious
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Larry Carroll
February 26, 2003
A high-intensity performance by Kurt Russell, in what is easily his best movie in ten years
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
February 26, 2003
The movie proceeds to bog down in every by-the-book cop cliche known to man.
| Original Score: 2/4
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